Three-Cornered Shawl in Clover Pattern by Jane Sowerby

Three-Cornered Shawl in Clover Pattern

November 2006
Lace ?
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch on smaller needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1300 - 2200 yards (1189 - 2012 m)
33" x 68" (86.3 cm x 172.7 cm) OR 40" x 82" (101.6 cm x 208.3 cm)
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Errata available:

Note from designer: There is an error row 3 chart E and it does not appear on my list of errata from XRX.
I suggest adding a second ‘k2tog’ at the end of row 3 or row 5, rather than in the middle of row 5. The latter would be very noticeable, whereas tucking it in at the end of a row would be more discreet.

Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “This light and lacy pattern begins with the full number of stitches at the edge of the scalloped border and then stitches are decreased gradually in the course of working through the clover leaf lace, the insertion, and the central pattern, until a triangular piece of knitting is accomplished, ending in the center of the hypotenuse. A square shawl may be made by knitting four pattern repeats instead of two.”

Difficulty: Experienced lace


  • Small: 33” x 68”
  • Large: 40” x 82”

Yarn Weight/Yardage: #1 Super Fine Weight

  • Small 1300 yds
  • Large 2200 yds

Yarn & Colorway:

  • Small: JADE SAPPHIRE Lacey Lamb 2 balls in 407 Seafoam
  • Large: Shown in book in gray handspun. Alternate yarn: KARABELLA Super Cashmere fine


  • Small: 3.25mm/US 3 circular needles, or size to obtain gauge, 80-60cm (32-24”); change to shorter needle as stitch number decreases.
  • Large: Small: 3.75mm/US 5 circular needles, or size to obtain gauge, 80-60cm (32-24”); change to shorter needle as stitch number decreases.


  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt needle


  • Begin and end each row of shawl with 2 stockinette stitches. These stitches are not included in charts or stitch counts.
  • Stitch counts in the pattern are given for one section of shawl only.

Pages: 138-139

Pattern notes: Two sizes are given for this shawl, using two different needles sizes. The size change is accomplished by varying needles size & gauge. For both sizes, 624 stitches are initially cast on; the pattern then decreases. The border is picked up separately along the cast on edge and knit on after the body of the shawl is finished. There are seven charts for this shawl.

Gauge notes: Gauge should be 24 sts by 34 rows = 4 inches on size 3 needles and 20 sts by 28 rows on size 5 needles. The smaller gauge will result in a shawl of approximately 33 x 68 inches, using 1300 yards of superfine laceweight; the larger gauge will result in a shawl of approximately 40” x 82”, using 2200 yards of yarn.

Volunteer Editor’s note: Many knitters have reported running short of yarn on VLT patterns--check gauge carefully (and purchase extra yardage, just to be safe!).