Orenburg Lace Triangle by Galina Khmeleva

Orenburg Lace Triangle

Lace ?
24 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch, blocked
US 0 - 2.0 mm
42" x 57" triangle
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Yarn: Pattern calls for 2.2 oz of the JaggerSpun 2/24 and .3 ounces of the Lacis thread to be knit together throughout.

Description from Interweave Knits, Summer 2000: Inspired by a shawl sold to her by Russian artist Fardana Sharfikova, Galina Khmeleva designed this triangular Orenburg shawl using two different traditional stitch patterns: strawberries and peas (the strawberries are the six-hole motifs and the peas form the diamonds that surround them). According to Galina, triangular shawls are not actually very popular in the Orenburg region of Russia, where shawl-making is an important source of income for many women. This is because they sell for less than squares and rectangles, which require more yarn. “Sometimes a knitter will knit a triangle for herself, but it’s more utilitarian, to keep her warm, not as a showpiece,” explains Galina. “Because the down she spins and then knits is so valuable, she usually doesn’t want to ‘waste’ a lot of it on herself. She’d rather use her down for a shawl she can sell for a lot of money.”