Two Sampler Shawls: An 1840 Heirloom by Jane Sowerby

Two Sampler Shawls: An 1840 Heirloom

November 2006
Lace ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch on larger needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1650 - 2850 yards (1509 - 2606 m)
Errata available:

Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “In the course of a rummage in an antique shop, I came upon a truly magnificent handspun shawl constructed in the Shetland manner and measuring about six feet by four feet. At first glance it looked incredibly complicated, but on closer examination it was shown to consist of different patterns in horizontal strips, with an all-round border added on afterwards. I decided to design a sampler shawl in order to display some of the work of Jane Gaugain and Frances Lambert, using their methods of construction.”


  • Beginner sampler: Intermediate Lace
  • Framed sampler: Experienced Lace


  • Beginner sampler: 25” x 75”
  • Framed sampler: 36” x 90”

Yarn Weight/Yardage: #1 Super Fine Weight

  • Beginner sampler: 1650 yds
  • Framed sampler: 2850 yds

Yarn & Colorway:

  • Beginner sampler: JADE SAPPHIRE Lacey Lamb 2 balls in 20 soft pink
  • Framed sampler: shown in book in 20/2 silk. Alternate yarn: LORNA’S LACES Helen’s Lace


  • 3.25mm/US 3 circular needles, or size to obtain gauge, 60 cm (24”) or longer
  • Two) 3.25mm/US 2 double-pointed needles


  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt needle

Pages: 58-61