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Icelandic Lace Shawl

Jul 19, 2007
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Designer: Sigrídur Halldórsdóttir ( Carol Rasmussen Noble )
Published: July 20, 2007
Technique: Charts - Lace
Skill Level: Intermediate

Called the Thórdís shawl, the original of this traditional Icelandic shawl is part of the Icelandic Craft Council’s collection of textiles. It is thought to have been knitted by Thórdís Egilsdóttir, a resident of a small fishing village on the west coast of Iceland and well known for her craftsmanship and skill with handspun yarns. Originally published in the July/August 1996 issue of Piecework magazine

Finished Size: The finished shawl measures 76 inches (193 cm) across the shoulder edge and 37 inches (94 cm) deep at the center back.

Yarn: Fingering-weight wool yarn. Shown in Jaggerspun Maine Line 2/8 (100% wool; 2240 yd [2048 m]/16 oz [454 g]).

Individual color amounts for a multi-colored shawl:

Natural (white): 3½ oz/99 g [490 yd/449 m];

Graphite (dark gray) and arrowhead (gray-beige): 1 oz/28 g each [140 yd/128 m each];

Suede (medium brown) and sable (dark brown): ¾ oz/21 g each [105 yd/96 m each];

Pewter (light gray), shale (medium gray), sand (beige): and black, ½ oz/14 g [70 yd/64 m each].

If making the shawl all in one color:

9 oz/255 g [1260 yd/1152 m] total yarn.

Yarn available in smaller than 1-lb units from Halcyon Yarn ( and other suppliers.

Needles: Size 4 (3.5 mm): 32-inch (81.2-cm) circular knitting needle.

Notions: Steel crochet hook, size B/2 (2.5 mm); markers (optional).

Skill level: Intermediate.

Pattern Correction: There was an error in the symbol key for the charts on page 5 of the PDF. The key for the hash symbol should read p1, k2, ppso . The written row-by-row instructions are correct. The PDF was corrected 7/23/07.

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BonnieW wrote
on Oct 15, 2009 1:19 PM

I want to thank you for this beautiful shawl pattern.  I am 75% done and it is turning out just great.  But I have a question.

I have just finished row 31 of the lace border.  The instructions now say to join the black yarn and begin the crochet edging.  Do I have to bind off first?  I am confused about how to crochet the edge onto 'live' stitches. 

Thanks for any help.



SandraS@2 wrote
on Oct 8, 2009 1:28 AM

Oh thank you so much, I cannot wait to get this one started to add to my shawl collection.  Thank you for the written instructions. I think I have enough to follow the shown colors and then will make more of different color groupings.

BonnieW wrote
on Aug 22, 2009 11:49 PM

I am  confused about the 'p1, k2, psso.  Do I pass the purled stich over BOTH of the knit stitches?  Or is the k2 supposed to be k2tog?



Eeyore2me wrote
on Jun 11, 2009 2:48 PM
I love the colors of this shawl and am having a hard time finding the yarn and just the exact same colors as the picture. Can anyone help me as to where I can get the yarn??? I also noted that the Pattern Correction is NOT in the directions that are printed out. Has anyone helped Ginger in her confusion about the Pattern Correction?? Rita B
LadyKRose wrote
on Jun 5, 2009 11:34 AM
I love the colors of this shawl, but did not want a heavy wool shawl. So I 'borrowed' the color scheme into a lightweight alpaca lace sweater and the results were just lovely. Many compliments told me that it was a good way to transition from one to the other. I like the idea of a crochet version of this shawl.
memaw wrote
on May 29, 2009 8:56 PM
Is there a crochet pattern for this ? It is so beautiful, I would love to make it but I just started teaching myself to knit. I 've been crocheting for 12 years. Can you help?
DiannaF wrote
on Nov 14, 2008 3:23 PM
I too am happy with this patten of Icelandic Lace Shawl, as I am into these with this winter weather coming fast and up north I am alway's looking for something pretty and I made to wrap with, Thank you Dianna
luv2knit@2 wrote
on Oct 30, 2008 9:34 AM

I made this shawl using a natural silk as the main color andwith 3 shades of brown and black.  It turned out absolutely gorgeous.  I am so pleased with it.  I recommend it for anyone.  Thanks for offering it to us.

FL golfer wrote
on Oct 24, 2008 7:16 PM

Iceland is on our travel wishlist (round trip to Reykjavik is about $1500 with 5 night in hotel & airfare from Boston or NY next month).  I'll have to start on this sweater to take!

Ginger@2 wrote
on Sep 14, 2008 11:47 AM

I'm still confused about the pattern correction.  Do you mean we should p1, K2tog, ppso?  or do you just pass the purl stitch over two knitted stitches on your needle??  Thanks for any help!


Y@rnGirl wrote
on Aug 28, 2008 4:56 AM

This Icelandic Shawl is beautiful!!  I haven't used circular knitting needles yet (just DPNs). But this makes me want to start.  Thanks.

Ropace89015 wrote
on Aug 19, 2008 11:29 AM

Well, I've printed it.  Now to gather the yarns for it.  And, I just may change the colors.  Am I totally nuts?  Or am I just a knitter?


SuzanneS@3 wrote
on Jul 27, 2008 4:43 PM

I had started knitting this one when it first came out and put it down and forgot about it until recently.  I just finished the main body of the shawl and it is magnificent.  I can't wait to finish it!!  it is not at all as difficult as i imagined it would be!  I learned quite a few new techniques with this one.  thanks again for such a kick butt free pattern!!! You guys rock!  

Sue :)

Tracy wrote
on Jul 24, 2008 4:09 PM

I am not at the knitting level to make this beautiful shawl yet. I keep coming back to it just to remind me that i will make it one day.

Thank You

Tracy Olson   decafsis

SallyS@3 wrote
on Jun 6, 2008 2:49 PM

This pattern will get me knitting again.