Shoulder Shawl in Syrian Pattern by Jane Sowerby

Shoulder Shawl in Syrian Pattern

November 2006
Lace ?
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
700 yards (640 m)
Triangle: 36" x 57"
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Originally from Weldon’s Practical Knitter, Volume 6, Issue 62, 1891

Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “The Crimean war of 1854 brought an Oriental influence in sympathy with Britain’s ally. Women began to sport rich Turkish-style fabrics and colors, and tasseled trims were popular. Foreign names were given to knitting patterns - this Syrian shawl, for example. The royal family’s intercontinental links also contributed to the thirst for far-off countries - Queen Victoria’s godfather was Tsar Nicholas I, her beloved Prince Albert was Prince of Saxe-Coburg, and her eldest daughter, Princess Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise, married Friedrich III, German Emperor and King of Prussia. This shawl is perfect for showing off a fluffy, textured, or painted yarn.”

Difficulty: Intermediate Lace

Measurements: 36” x 57”

Yarn Weight/Yardage: #2 Fine Weight / 700 yds

Yarn & Colorway: ROWAN Kidsilk Haze 3 balls in 592 heavenly


  • 4.5mm/US 7 circular needles, or size to obtain gauge, 60cm (24”) or longer
  • Two 4mm/US 6 double-pointed needles


  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt needle

Pages: 130-131