Isblomst shawl


Winter glamour meets snuggly yarn


Channel winter wedding glamour with the Isblomst shawl.  Once upon a time, my teacher – a bridal couture designer/pattern cutter – told me to design from all sides, and if you’re getting married, your guests will certainly admire this Faroese-inspired shawl!  With mesh wings, waterfall fronts and leafy edging detail that picks up the central panel motif, Isblomst is a real treasure.  And if you’d prefer more of a centrepiece or just to dress down a bit, simply turn the shawl around and loop the ends around your neck for a cosy cover-up.

This shawl is worked from the bottom up, gradually widening, with two central leaf panels and symmetrical eyelet increases at the sides within the trellis lace pattern. Each gusset is worked one side at a time, with the last stitch of the second side used as the first stitch of the leaf edging, which is picked up and knitted lengthways onto the perimeter of the shawl. Short rows are used to create the extended edges of the shawl and turn the corners of the edging; the result, when viewed from the front, is a beautiful jabot-inspired V-neckline that cascades down the centre.

Special Techniques

  • Lace increases and decreases (yarn over, ssk, sssk, k2tog, k3tog, CDD)
  • German short rows

The pattern is charted, with written instructions and helpful notes to support any modifications or yarn substitutions.

The photographed sample was knitted in Rowan Fine Lace and Rowan Kidsilk Haze, and the two yarns were held together throughout.  Substitution advice is given in the pattern notes, especially for those allergic to mohair, but you may also like to visit YarnSub for more immediate information:


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