Crown Prince Square Shawl by Nancy Bush

Crown Prince Square Shawl

October 2008
Lace ?
10 stitches and 18 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch, before blocking.
US 4 - 3.5 mm
2750 yards (2515 m)
One Size
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Errata available:

Page 114.

Pattern Description from Knitted Lace of Estonia: “This lovely square shawl pattern comes from the Talv (Winter) 1981 issue #115 of Triinu magazine. The article was written by Helve Poska. Although the published pattern is not a duplicaton of the original given to Swedish Crown Prince Gustav-Adolf in 1936, the pattern was charted from a photograph of a similar shawl knitted by Matilde Moll. This pattern was designed by Moll’s mother, Mrs. Valdman, who knitted the original shawl for the Crown Prince. The shawl photographed in the Triinu article was knitted by Loora kurba at the Haapsalu Raatikute (Haapsalu shawl) workshop of the Estonian Ethnographical Club in Stockholm, Sweden. Following Helle-Mall Risti’s suggestion, this version has 24 stitches (two pattern repeats) added to each lace edge piece to give the edge more stretch.”

Finished Size: About 52” (132 cm) square, relaxed after blocking.

Yarn: Laceweight (#0 Lace).
Skacel Merino Lace (100% merino wool; 1375 yd 1257 m/100 g): #426 natural white, 2 skeins.

Needles: Size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); removable marker or safety pin; tapestry needle.

Additional Gauge:

  • 20-stitch pattern repeat from Crown Prince Top and Bottom Border chart measures about 5.5” (14 cm) wide, relaxed after blocking.
  • 12-stitch pattern repeat from Crown Prince Center chart measures about 3.25” (8.5 cm) wide, relaxed after blocking.


  • “The center square of the shawl is worked in one piece. The lace edge is worked in two identical pieces that are sewn to the center section.”
  • “Unless otherwise instructed, work the first 7 stitches of every row of center square as slip 1 as if to purl with yarn in front (pwise wyf), k6; then work the last 7 stitches of every row of shawl center at k7.