May 2016
Lace ?
24 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1115 - 1150 yards (1020 - 1052 m)
Version I (Version II): 32 (32)" [81.5 (81.5) cm] along shorter side edge; 55 (54)" [139.5 (137) cm] along longer side edge; 70½ (69¼)" [179 (176) cm] along bind-off edge
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“I wanted to design a minimalist blanket shawl without superfluous details — useful all the year long, a sort of cozy envelope. The wrap you like to have always nearby, perfect for rainy afternoons on the couch or cool evenings outside. I added a subtle feminine touch by working a lace motif along two edges.” – Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

On rainy days, reach for a comforting blanket shawl worked in rustic, homey garter stitch. Nadia’s eye for modern geometry and minimal adornment gives this design a lift without sacrificing the unfussy practicality of the humble garter triangle. This simple shawl begins with a classic garter tab and grows asymmetrically, with one wing longer than the other. The lace band on the side is worked together with the body of the shawl and then two lace repeats (or more, if you wish) finish the third edge. This unexpected placement of the embellishment adds to Scalene’s fresh appeal, and the longer wing of the triangle easily wraps over your shoulder and stays in place without a pin. Work this pattern in Plains for a feather-light accessory or use Loft for greater warmth.


This shawl is worked flat on a circular needle beginning with a garter tab cast on and progressing outwards to the wide bind-off edge.


Version I: 1115 yards of lace weight wool yarn
Version II: 1150 yards of fingering weight wool yarn


Version I: 3 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Plains (100% American Rambouillet wool; 440 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Junco

Version II: 5 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Flannel


Version I:
24 stitches & 44 rows = 4” in garter stitch with Size A needle, after blocking

Version II:
20 stitches & 40 rows = 4” in garter stitch with Size A needle, after blocking


Versions I & II:

Size A (for Main Fabric)
One 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Size B (for Bind Off)
One 32” circular needle four sizes larger than Size A
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Finished Dimensions

Version I (Version II):
32 (32)“ / 81.5 (81.5) cm along shorter side edge; 55 (54)” / 139.5 (137) cm along longer side edge; 70½ (69¼)“ / 179 (176) cm along bind-off edge
Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking

Skill Level

3 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.