Tree of Life Shetland Shawl by Cath Ward

Tree of Life Shetland Shawl

March 2020
Lace ?
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
1300 - 1400 yards (1189 - 1280 m)
One Size
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This shawl was knitted as a personal piece for family, and so this pattern is pulled together from my notes and photos taken over the two years that I worked on it off and on.

The shawl is knitted in one piece starting with a centre square knit corner to corner. Stitches are picked up around this square and the border is knit in a circular fashion, and finally the lace edging is knit around and onto the border. The traditional lace patterns are knit on a garter stitch ground, which means that in the border section some lace stitches are knitted purl-wise. Most of the motifs are lace every other row, however some are lace every row.

This shawl is for the experienced lace knitter. Note that I have not provided row by row written instructions for the charts.

The blocked and relaxed piece as knitted measured approximately 106cm square, but the final size will vary according to your own choice of yarn and needle, as well as your own knitting tension.

2.5mm US1.5 knitting needles, or your preferred sizes for knitting your laceweight yarn.
100g 1200m/1312 yds of laceweight yarn. I had 3g left over.

Stitch markers – both split ring and regular including 1 unique one to mark start of round. Others as required to mark repeats in the lace.

Wool needle to sew in ends.
Blocking wires and pins.

Please let me know if you encounter any gremlins in the pattern.