Lehe Square Shawl by Nancy Bush

Lehe Square Shawl

October 2008
Jamieson and Smith Shetland 2 Ply Laceweight
Lace ?
11.5 stitches and 16 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch, before blocking.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
4.0 mm (G)
1110 yards (1015 m)
One Size
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Pattern Description from Knitted Lace of Estonia: “For this shawl, I wanted to use a very traditional border pattern and settled on a pattern from Haapsalu Ratik, published by the Federated Estonian Woman’s Clubs in New York in 1972. The border was called Lehemustriline Poort I, or Leaf Pattern Border 1. I continued the nature theme into the center section by choosing an allover leaf pattern, which I found in the book Silmus Kudumine by Claire Hallik. The lace edge is a contemporary one that I worked by picking up stitches around all four sides of the shawl and knitting outward. The patter I chose for the lace edge is a popular one found on many shawls and scarves made in Estonia today.”

Finished Size: About 42” (106.5cm) square, relaxed after blocking.

Yarn: Fingering weight (#1 Super Fine).
Jamieson and Smith Shetland 2-Ply Laceweight (100% wool; 185 yd 169 m/25 g: #L1A natural white, 6 skeins.

Needles: Size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm): straight and 32” (80 cm) or longer circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Smooth cotton waste yarn for provisional cast-on; markers (m; four the same color, one in a different color); size G/6 (4.25 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle.

Additional Gauge:

  • 16-stitch pattern repeat from Lehe Top and Bottom Border chart measures about 4.25” (11 cm) wide, relaxed after blocking.
  • 20 stitches and 32 rows (two pattern repeats wide and two pattern repeats high) of leaf pattern from Lehe Center chart measure about 4.75” (12 cm) wide and 4.5” (11.5 cm) high, relaxed after blocking.


  • “The center section of this shawl is worked in one piece from lower border to top border.”
  • “Stitches for the lace edging are picked up and knit around all four sides of the completed center square and worked outward.”
  • “Slip the first stitch of each row as if to purl with yarn in front (pwise wyf), except for the first stitch of the first row in the center section, which is worked as k1.”