Shetland Shawl, in Crochet


I cannot take any credit for this pattern, other than for “translating” it into modern US terminology, so that others can really enjoy it as much as I have been.

It was originally published in [Beehive Knitting Booklets No. 9] Woolcraft, A Practical Guide to Knitting & Crochet, New and Enlarged Edition, Reliable Instructions on the Use of Knitting Wools in the production by hand of Serviceable Garments for Every-day Wear. Halifax, England, Patons & Baldwins Ltd., [c.1915], 64pgs. I found it at antiquepatternlibrary.org, and you can look it up if you would like to see the original.

I have made one shawl with this pattern, and am working on the second one already. The first was made with cotton dk weight, and a cotton-linen blend, also dk weight. I think that weight of yarn, especially in the cotton, is too heavy for this pattern, but I still like the shawl.

The Cotton/Linen Shawl
Shetland shawl, dk-weight

Shetland Shawl, in Crochet

Materials:

  • Unknown. This amount will vary, depending upon the size you want to make. It is worked in the round, and I think my cotton/linen shawl was 650-800 yds., 590-ish meters, and if you use a finer weight than the dk I used, you’ll need more–probably a lot more. The cashmere I’m using for my second shawl is probably half the size of dk, if not smaller.
  • A crochet hook about 3-4 times bigger than recommended for the yarn you choose. My dk-weight shawl was made with a US-K hook. My cashmere shawl is being worked with a Boye-G.

Instructions:
Ch 4, join w/l sl st to form ring.
Round 1 Ch 3, 2 dc into ring, (ch 1, 3dc into ring) 7 times. Do not join or turn from here on out.
Round 2 Sc into top of ch-3. *(3dc, ch 1, 3dc, ch 1, 3dc) into next ch-1 sp–3-p shell completed,sc inn ext ch-1 sp; rep from * around.
Round 3 *In 1st ch-1 sp of 3-p shell work (3dc, ch1, 3dc)–shell made, ch 1, in 2nd sh-1 sp work shell, sc in next sc; rep from * around. You may want to use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round at this point.
Round 4 *In ch-1 sp of shell work shell, ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, shell in next shell, sc in next sc; rep from * around.
Round 5 *In next shell work shell, sc in next ch-1 sp, 3-p shell in next shell, sc in next ch-1 sp, shell in next shell, sc in next sc; rep from * around.
Round 6 In each shell work shell, sc into next sc, (shell in 1st ch-1 sp of 3-p shell, ch1, shell into 2nd ch-1 sp of 3-p shell)–corner made; rep from * around.
Round 7 *Work shells into ch-1 sps of shells, sc in ea sc, in 1st shell of corner work shell, ch 1, shell in ch-1 sp between shells, ch 1, shell in next shell; rep from * around.
Round 8 *In ea shell along the sides work shell, sc in ea sc, in corner shells work shell in 1st shell, sc in ch-1 sp, 3-p shell in 2nd shell, sc in next ch-1 sp, shell in 3rd shell. Rep from * around.

Repeat Rounds 6, 7, and 8 until shawl measures 36″ square or until size desired. Finish w/ rep of Round 8, then begin border.

Border:
Round 1 *In ea shell work (3tr, ch 1, 3tr), at 3-p shell work (3tr, ch 1, 3tr) in 1st ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3tr, ch 1, 3tr) in 2nd sp. Do not work any sc between shells. Rep from * around.
Round 2 *In ea ch-1 sp work (4dc, ch 1, 4 dc), sc in ch-1 sp between shells, in corner work (4dc, ch 1, 4dc), sc in ch-1 sp, (4dc, ch 1, 4dc) in 2nd shell, sc in ch-1 sp, (4dc, ch 1, 4dc) in 3rd shell, sc in sc. Rep from * around.
Round 3 *Sc in next sc, ch 3, in ch-1 sp of next shell work (dc, ch 5, sc in 1st ch to make picot)7 times, dc in same sp, ch 3; rep from * around. Finish off, weave in end.

Note: I didn’t have enough cotton/linen yarn to finish the written border, but what I did work up from the pattern was quite elegant. I had to frog back the last row and just did a (ch 7, sc picot, ch 7, sc in next sc). I had just enough with only 6″ left over of the yarn by the time I finished off!

Block according to fiber instructions, then enjoy!

It’s a fairly easy pattern, though I still might not recommend it to a beginner unless you’re an advanced beginner wanting to try something a little different. I will post pictures later of my original prototype, and will post progress pics of the cashmere shawl. So luscious! That’s the only word I have to describe it. :D

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