Icelandic Modern Lace Shawl
This design originally appeared in the Autumn 2010 issue of Knitting Iceland’s online magazine.
In the past, Icelanders combined two simple stockinette stitch lace patterns to create a variety of triangular shawls. Spider lace is a small, undulating pattern often used at the top. Trellis lace zigzags, so it is great for color changes and borders.
This shawl has been modernized so both the patterning and size can be customized. It has a narrow garter stitch border and interchangeable repeats of Spider and Trellis lace. Each increases 12 stitches over 4 rows, shaping the shawl to curve around the shoulders. It ends with a lacy edging that is bound off with crocheted chains.
The shawl is knit from the top down and was designed for Istex Einband Icelandic laceweight wool. It also looks great in other lace, fingering, and Shetland/sport/DK weight yarns. It can be knit in one color or more, and three were used for the sample shawl.
Pattern includes both written instructions and charts.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Sample Shawl Yarn: Istex Einband laceweight yarn (18 wpi): Color A 50g (250 yds/225m) color 1038 light brown; Color B 20g (100 yds/90m) color 0885 medium brown; Color C 30g (150 yds/135m) color 0867 dark brown
Needles and Gauge: US size 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge of 22 sts = 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch
Blocked Size: 26” (66cm) deep and 56” (142cm) across top