Maikell Shawl by Nancy Bush

Maikell Shawl

October 2008
Lace ?
10 stitches and 19 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch on smallest needles, before blocking
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1375 yards (1257 m)
One Size
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Page 72.

Pattern Description from Knitted Lace of Estonia: “This shawl is made with the traditional Haapsalu construction method. The stitches for center are cast on and worked to the desired length, then the stitches are bound off on the wrong side. The lace edge is then knitted in two parts, each of which is sewn separately onto the center. I used a shawl I purchased in Haapsalu as my inspiration for this shawl and have had many lessons during my visits there to learn the details of this type of construction.”

Finished Size: About 25” (63.5 cm) wide and 46” (117 cm) long, after blocking.

Yarn: Laceweight (#0 Lace).
Omaghi Filati Merino Oro (100% wool; 1375 yd 1250 m/100 g): #028 natural, 1 skein.

Needles: Shawl Center size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm): straight. Lace Edge - size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm): straight. Lace Edge Cast-On - size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm): straight. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

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

Additional Gauge: 28-stitch pattern repeat from Maikell Center chart measures about 5.25” (13.5 cm) wide with smallest needles, after blocking.


  • “The center of the shawl is worked in one piece. The lace edge is worked in two identical pieces that are sewn to the center section.”
  • “A double strand of yarn is used for the lace edge cast-on, then a single strand is used for the remainder of lace edge.”
  • “Right-side Rows 13-24 of the Center chart intentionally do not contain the same number of twisted-stitch sets at each side: there are two sets at the beginning of these rows and only one set at the end of these rows.”