Triangular Summer Shawl by Nancy Bush

Triangular Summer Shawl

July 2008
Lace ?
11.5 stitches and 22 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch, before blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1050 yards (960 m)
56 inches (142 cm) wide across top edge and 24 inches (61 cm) long
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Interweave SKU: EP1259

Pattern Description from Knitted Lace of Estonia:
This shawl, designed by Helve Poska, has been published in issue #121 of Triinu magazine, in the Suvi (Summer) of 1983 and by the Estniska Etnografiska Foreningen (Estonian Ethnographical Socitey) in Sweden in 1986. Helve gave me permission to use it here. Instead of being shaped by decreasing evenly from the top (cast-on) edge to the tip, the decreases are worked at each end of every right-side row for about half the length, then at each end of every row thereafter to create slightly angled sides. I modified the original pattern by adding a few rows of garter stitch after the lace edge at the top and a garter-stitch edging along each side. I also added more stitches to the lace edge that is sewn onto the two lower sides to give a more rounded shape to the three corners.

Finished Size: About 56” (142 cm) wide across top edge, 24” (61 cm) long from center of top to tip of lower point, relaxed after blocking.

Yarn: Laceweight (#0 Lace)
Wooly West Horizons Lace Yarn (100% wool; 525 yd 480 m/50 g): natural white, 2 skeins.

Needles: Size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm): 32” (60 cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); removable marker or safety pin; tapestry needle.

Additional Gauge: 30 stitches (two 15-st pattern repeats) from Summer Center charts measures about 6.25” (16 cm) wide, relaxed after blocking.


  • “The shawl begins with the lace edge at the top (long) edge. The center section has a 4-stitch garter-stitch border along each of the angled lower sides. The lace edge for the lower sides is knitted separately and sewn to the center section during finishing.”
  • “When shaping the main section, one stitch is decreased inside the 4-stitch garter edgings every right-side row until Row 59, then beginning with Row 60, one stitch is decreased at each side every row to Row 138.”

NOTE: yardage is for two complete skeins. You will probably need less than this to complete the shawl.

Errata link is the Piecework Magazine version of the pattern.
In addition, there is an error in the K2TOG Bind-Off on page 27 of the book: Figure 1 is actually Figure 2, and Figure 2 is Figure 1.

Pattern starts on page 82 of book, page 12 of the magazine.