Myrtle Leaf Shawl with Willow Border by Jane Sowerby

Myrtle Leaf Shawl with Willow Border

November 2006
Lace ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
950 yards (869 m)
21" x 76"
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Errata available:

Original lace pattern Weldon’s Practical Knitter, Volume 5, No. 55, 14th Series, 1890

Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “Chart B may seem unorthodox since it is the only border in this book which is joined to the center panel at the end of right-side rows. But in 1890, there was no knitting orthodoxy”

Difficulty: Intermediate Lace

Measurements: 21” x 76”

Yarn Weight/Yardage: #1 Super Fine Weight / 950 yds

Yarn & Colorway: Shown in book in handspun Hebridean. Alternate yarns: KARABELLA Light-weight Cashmere or MISTI ALPACA Lace


  • 3.75mm/US 5 circular needles, or size to obtain gauge, 60cm (24”) or longer
  • Two 3.75mm/US 5 double-pointed needles


  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt needle

Note: Chart B, Willow border, joins at the end of RS rows, not at the end of WS rows as in most shawls.

Page: 142


In the third edition of the book, all charts and the stitch key have been corrected. For the early editions:

Page 142 Note 3 - needs to read as follows: “Keep tension tight when working yo’s and the k2tog at the top of the leaves in rows 7 & 13.”

Key needs a shaded ‘v’ along with the non-shaded ‘v’.

Row 13 Chart A Myrtle leaf pattern - First k2tog on right edge needs to be: red. A k2tog (black) needs to be added to same row 5th square from left edge. Same with last row in chart.

Key needs to have the red k2tog added with the following verbiage: Knit of 1st repeat; k2tog on all other repeats.