Half-Square in Trinity Stitch by Jane Sowerby

Half-Square in Trinity Stitch

November 2006
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1250 yards (1143 m)
42" x 75"
Errata available: knittinguniverse.com

Original lace pattern from Weldon’s Practical Knitter, Volume 1, 1st Series, 1886.

Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “A half-square shawl was published in Weldon's Practical Knitter, Vol. 1, No.1, Series 4, 1886, under the heading, ‘How to knit useful garments.’ The border pattern is simple, quick to knit, and was originally sewn onto the triangle, but I recommend that it be knitted on for neatness. The author mentions that Spotted Knitting is also called ‘Trinity Stitch… from it being composed of three stitches in one.’ The repetition of ‘Father, Son, and Holy Ghost’ was intended to keep the knitter’s mind focused in the right direction.”

“This shawl was published twice, in 1886 as a triangle and in 1904 as a square with a truly magnificent border, so I decided to use the triangle of 1886 with the wide border of 1904. However, the border was not intended for a half square, so I reduced it on the hypotenuse from 28 stitches to 7 stitches, for better balance and fit. The later patten was printed ‘in response to several enquiries,’ so this must have been popular.”

Difficulty: Intermediate Lace

Measurements: 42” x 75”

Yarn Weight/Yardage: #2 Fine Weight / 1250 yds

Yarn & Colorway: Shown in book in handspun polwarth/kid. Alternate yarns: TWISTED SISTERS Petite Voodoo


  • 4mm/US 6 circular needles, or size to obtain gauge, 60cm (24”) or longer
  • Two 4mm/US 6 double-pointed needles


  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt needle

Pages: 126-127