Friday Pattern Spotlight … For the love of shawls

I love lace, and I love knitting lace shawls.  To me there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a jumbled mess of lace block out into something beautiful.  It is like magic to see it transform into a stunning piece to be treasured and worn, or to be given to someone well loved.  

I’m a huge fan of Shetland Lace and designs that use Shetland stitch patterns  or have been inspired by these stitch patterns.  Today I’m sharing a few that I love and two of which I’ve made.

Sanik by Donna Smith echos simplicity and grace.  Donna created this design as part of Shetland Wool Week 2016.  Knitted up in Jamieson’s of Shetland Ultra Lace,  this project will require approximately 849 yards of yarn.

Photo courtesy © Donna Smith

From the designer:  The cockleshell border of this shawl is knitted first and then is followed by short rows in garter stitch to create a crescent shape (there is no need to wrap and turn in this pattern).

Fantoosh by Kate Davies is quite elegant. Like all of Kate’s patterns, she is inspired by the land she surrounds herself and it truly comes through in her designs.  Knitted up in Fyberspates Vivacious 4 ply, this project will require approximately 400 to 800 yards of yarn.

Photo courtesy © Kate Davies Designs

From the designer:   Fantoosh is a top-down triangular shawl featuring a tesselating allover motif defined by centered double decreases and twisted stitches. In Scots, fantoosh means “fancy”, or a wee bit “over the top”. Two sizes are given in the pattern but you can easily adjust the number of repeats to make a shawl to suit you and your yarn.

Shaelyn by Leila Raabe is quite a favorite of mine and I’ve knitted several in fingering weight and in handspun. I find the design itself to be similar to the “old shale” designs found in Shetland knitting, and is a very easy to memorize pattern.  This design is knitted up in sport weight yarn and requires approximately 330 yards.

Photo courtesy of Leila Raabe

From the designer: This top-down, center-out triangular shawl was inspired by the Alpaca Baby Blanket by Marie Grace, as well as the subtly-textured simplicity of Jared Flood’s Romney Kerchief.

This is my Shaelyn knitted up on my very own handspun.

Shetland Forest Garden by Cath Ward is pure elegance and reminiscent of Shetland lace shawls of the past.  Knitted up in Eden Garden Yarns Titan Lace, this project will require approximately 875-984 yards of yarn.

Photo Courtesy © Cath Ward

From the designer:  This triangular Shetland Lace shawl is knitted all in one piece and incorporates a garter stitch centre, borders of rose trellis and tree motifs and is finished with simple lace edgings. 

Lerwick Harbour Hap by Denise Bell says warmth and coziness.  This design is knitted up in Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme Jumper  and will require three colors.

Photo courtesy © Lost City Knits

From the Designer:  Not every Shetland shawl is made from fine yarn and can pass through a wedding ring. Shetland’s weather can be rough, and the practical Shetlanders know that thick wool offers protection from wind and rain. The traditional hap shawl is called for when one’s needs turn from lace to warmth.  This triangle or half hap version of the traditional hap shawl offers a different edging than that shown on the full sized hap. Feel free to swap the edging in the two patterns as you prefer.

Old Shale Shawl by Amanda Clark is a fairly quick knit and is perfect for any level of knitter, especially beginners.  I love this pattern and have made three!  Knitted up in Artesano Aran weight, this project will require approximately 700 to 770 yards of yarn.

Photo courtesy © Amanda Clark

From the designer:  This is a triangular shaped shawl, worked in one piece, from the top down. Casting on requires using the garter tab cast on method, for which I have provided a tutorial link.  Instructions for this shawl are provided in both written and charted format. The chart is easy to read and ideal for knitters who haven’t followed a chart before.

This is my “Old Shale” that I knitted using Rowan Yarns Pure Wool Worsted.  It knitted up super fast and is so cozy warm.

For me personally, Shetland Lace has always been very traditional and very elegant.  It reminds me of the old, of the new and what might be.  There are many variations using traditional Shetland lace patterns and so many more beautiful patterns to see.  Be sure to check out Ravely and see what you might find to knit!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks pattern spotlight!

Until next time ~ Happy Knitting!

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