Icelandic Lace Shawl

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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