Leaf and Nupp Shawl by Nancy Bush

Leaf and Nupp Shawl

October 2008
Lace ?
9 stitches and 14 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch, before blocking.
US 3 - 3.25 mm
4.0 mm (G)
525 yards (480 m)
One Size
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Pattern Description from Knitted Lace of Estonia: “This delightful shawl was inspired by one in the collection of the Estonian National Museum in Tartu. The pattern is a mix of garter stripes embellished with nupps and a double leaf motif and bordered with a very decorative openwork zigzag at the top and bottom. I began the shawl with a crochet-chain provisional cast-on and worked the main part of the shawl up to the top. The lace edge is picked up around all four sides and knitted on in the more modern style. I used a pattern similar to ones used where the lace edge is sewn onto the shawl, reworked it to fit nicely around the corners, and knitted it with a garter-stitch ground (purling every even-numbered-round) to mimic the look of many traditional shawls.”

Finished Size: About 22” (56cm) wide and 60 (152.5) long, after blocking.

Yarn: Fingering weight (#1 Super Fine).
Wooly West Horizons Lace yarn (100% wool; 525 yd 480 m/50 g): sandhill (taupe), 1 skein.

Needles: Size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm): straight and 32” (60 cm) or longer circular (cir) for edge. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Smooth cotton waste yarn for provisional cast-on; markers (m; three the same color, one in a different color); size G/6 (4.25 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle.

Additional Gauge: 22 stitches and 20 rows (one pattern repeat wide and one pattern repeat high) of Leaf and Nupp Center chart measure about 4.75” (12 cm) wide and 3.25” (8.5 cm) high, after blocking.


  • “The center section of this shawl is worked in one piece from lower border to top border. Stitches for the lace edging are picked up and knit around all four sides of the completed center rectangle and worked outward.”
  • “Slip the first stitch of each row as if to purl with yarn in front (pwise wyf), except for the first stitch of the first row in the center section, which is worked as k1.”