Dane Shawl by Jane Tanner

Dane Shawl

This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Dane is a shallow triangular shawl (or large scarf), based on the traditional Danish heart-shaped tied shawls. It uses an adaptation of Oriel lace, which I’ve named Oriella.

The original pattern calls for a fingering weight yarn. The pattern is adjustable to the yarn weight and needles you have. For example, my test knitters also tried it in worsted weight (600 yds) on US9 needles (24” deep x 60” wingspan).

Pattern downloads in two pdfs (pattern and chart).

Thank you to all the new lace shawl knitters who are using the Dane shawl as your first project! If you are having a difficult time moving from Rows 1-12 chart to Rows 13-24 chart, please read the following:

When shifting from one chart to the other, the location of the repeat changes. If you are using markers, you will need to shift them.

At the end of Row 11, you will have 18 sts before the repeat, 12 in the repeat, 7 sts beyond that, the center stitch, then 7 sts, 12 repeat, and 18 at the end of the row. 37+1+37=75 sts

At the end of Row 13, you will have 8 sts before the repeat, two repeats (12 each=24 sts), 8 sts beyond that, the center sts, then 8 sts, two repeats (12 each=24 sts), and 8 at the end of the row. 40+1+40=81 sts

Each time you do a right side row you are adding 3 sts on each side of the shawl.

When you are done with rows 1-24, you will head back to the main body chart row 1 again. Remember that you’ll need to shift where the repeats are if you are using markers. Knit the 8 sts at the beginning of the row and you should see that you will need to knit the repeat 4 times (4 x 12 sts) and then the next two sts on the chart before you get to the center st. Then two sts, 4 repeats, and end with 8. Hopefully you will start to see the pattern emerge. The shapes “nest” into each other. Check out the pictures from my white Dane Shawl project page and you should see how it looks. When you get there, it will be more clear and you can “read the lace.” If you are not sure how many times to knit the repeat, start off with the row, knit the repeat as many times as needed so that you end up with the correct number of stitches to finish that half of the chart.