Madlis Shawl by Nancy Bush

Madlis Shawl

Gauge is 16 st=3" and 28 rows=4" in center pattern stitch after blocking.

Pattern Description from Knitted Lace of Estonia: “This shawl, reworked in finer yarn than the original pattern in the Summer 2004 issue of Interweave Knits, was named for Madli Puhvel, author of Symbol of Dawn, the biography of the beloved nineteenth-century Estonian poet Lydia Koidula. Madli has also provided me valuable support and friendship as I researched this book. The pattern in the main section of this shawl is a version of the Haga, (twig or small branch) pattern to which I have added nupps for texture.”

Finished Size: About 14” (35.5 cm) wide and 56” (142 cm) long, relaxed after blocking.

Yarn: Laceweight (#0 Lace).
Yarn Place Gentle (95% wool, 5% cashmere; 1380 yd 1262 m/100 g): #13 dusty pink, 1 skein.

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

Notions: Markers (m); stitch holder; tapestry needle.

Gauge: 15 stitches and 21 rows = 2” (5 cm) in stockinette stitch, before blocking; 36 stitches and 48 rows (three pattern repeats wide and four pattern repeats high) of Madli Center chart measure about 5.25” (14 cm) wide and 6” (15 cm) high, after blocking.


  • “The shawl is worked in one piece from the lower border to the end of the center section. The top lace edge is worked separately so its direction of knitting will match the lower lace edge, then the two pieces are grafted together with the Kitchener stitch.”
  • “A double strand of yarn is used for the cast-on, then a single strand is used for the remainder of the shawl.”