Level of difficulty: intermediate to expert
This lovely lace design was made by Liz Lovick to reflect the rocky shores, wind and water of the St. Kilda archipelago and for the Blacker Yarns Boreray blend lace-weight yarn. The designs are not difficult, just require counting and concentration, and will reward the effort.
The scarf is a simpler project and should be able to be done as a first or at least early lace knitting project – it may be as narrow or wide as you wish, so could become a stole as well. The shawl is more complicated, with a border, and may be made in three sizes: small as a neckerchief, medium or large.
The chosen stitch designs are both very much unique to the Shetland Islands. The main design, used with a garter stitch border for the scarf and for the main part of the shawls is a lovely, simple interpretation of the old Shetland design Print o’ the Wave, using alternating leaf motifs, while the border is the very lovely Old Shale, the traditional choice for Shetland shawl borders.
All the patterns consist of alternate rows of the design and knit rows, which are not included in the charts for simplicity. The instructions provide an overview of the method for each piece, followed by detailed charts with stitch-by-stitch instructions.
Scarf: 18 (24, 30) cm, 7 (9.5, 12) inches wide and about 152 cm, 60 inches long (easily adjustable)
Neckerchief: 110 cm, 43 inches across the top; 52 cm, 20.5 inches deep
Smaller Shawl: 142 cm, 54 inches across the top; 76 cm, 30 inches deep
Larger Shawl: 162 cm, 64 inches across the top; 86 cm, 34 inches deep
Scarf: 1 (2, 2) 50g balls Blacker Yarns St. Kilda Lace-weight yarn
Neckerchief: 1 50g ball Blacker Yarns St. Kilda Lace-weight yarn
Shawl: 2 (3) 50g balls Blacker Yarns St. Kilda Lace-weight yarn
Pair 4mm (US 6) needles for scarf
4 mm (US 6) long circular needle for shawl
waste yarn for provisional cast on for shawl
one 5 mm needle for casting off for shawl
19 sts and 38 rows to 10 cm / 4” (ie 2 pattern repeats to 13 cm / 5”) after washing and blocking
Issued: May, 2013
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