Perch by Gudrun Johnston


September 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in lace pattern, after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1265 yards (1157 m)
61" [155 cm] wingspan; 36" [91.5 cm] from triangle tip to top edge
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Drape yourself in timeless texture with the Perch Shawl, a triangular half hap in featherweight Loft. Perch begins at its center point with Old Shale lace that then grows outward rather like alluvial fans. This motif is interrupted by regular intervals of stockinette, creating rippling bands that look handsome from both right and wrong sides. Concentrated at the edges are yarnover increases for width. This placement omits the center spine found in most triangular shawls, allowing the motif to traverse the full expanse of the fabric, to be finished with a prim and elegant yarnover edging.


This shawl is constructed using a traditional Shetland method. The center triangle is worked from the bottom up first, beginning with 1 stitch. Stitches are increased by working a yarn over (YO) at the beginning of every row. For the edging, stitches are then picked up from the yarn over loops on the edges of the center triangle, and the edging section is worked outwards from these stitches.


  • 5 skeins Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50 grams)

  • Photographed in color Yellowstone


  • 1265 total yards of fingering weight wool yarn


  • 21 stitches & 35 rows = 4” in lace pattern, after blocking


Size A (For center triangle)

  • One each 16″ and 40″ circular needles in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Size B (For edging)

  • One 40″ circular needle one size larger than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Finished Dimensions

  • 61″ [155 cm] wingspan; 36″ [91.5 cm] from triangle tip to top edge

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • Yarn Over at beginning of row
  • Backwards Loop Cast On
  • Icelandic Bind Off

Skill Level

  • 3 out of 5: Intermediate

Please note: the stitch patterns for this garment are charted only.