I made this shawl for a friend of mine - IRL and on Ravelry - as a going away gift when she moved away at the end of the summer, so she could take a little bit of me and our friendship with her.
I was pretty confused by the Faroese shawl shaping until I started knitting, and it’s really quite easy. From the top down, as Stahman’s patterns go, you start with the seed stitch tab that will be along the back of the neck, and then pick up stitches along the long side of the tab - this is similar to Evelyn A. Clark’s triangular shawl construction, but larger.
The first portion of the lace has increases in lots of places - both sides of the central back column, and double increases for each “wing” or side of the shawl to create the should shaping. The third picture from the bottom shows this portion off - you can see a central back panel and double-triangular increases on both sides.
After this, the central back portion does not increase, the increases on the side or “wing” portions changes to simple increases just like a triangular shawl on each side. Ingenious!
I started this as a travel knitting project, and just sailed along. I used most of three skeins of yarn in a two week trip. Once home, I decided that the shawl would not be as long as I wanted with four skeins of yarn, so purchased one more off a Rav destash. I alternated rows with the last two balls of yarn, as the newer one was slightly brighter than the other. You can see the difference if you look closely, but from a distance it’s imperceptible.
I knit this with a flat seed stitch border, not the lace diamonds edging as shown in the pattern, as per the recipient’s request. I really love the shape of the shawl and really want to knit one for myself now.