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A top-down triangular shawl, inspired by the simple rustic beauty of handspun yarn from the wool of North Ronaldsay sheep, a rare breed from the Orkney Islands in Scotland.

The shawl features a stockinette section and a lace edging with Estonian-style motifs; it can be easily customised to be larger or smaller. The edging can be worked with long points (shown in dark blue shawl), or with shorter points (shown in light blue shawl).

Note that gauge, and even yarn weight, is not essential, as the size of the shawl is easily customisable. This pattern is pictured in sport/light DK-weight handspun but will work well with yarns ranging from lace weight to worsted.

The lace pattern is provided both as charts and as row-by-row written instructions.


  • 5.0 mm/US size 8 needles (or size needed to obtain a good drape with chosen yarn) - long circulars recommended
  • One 3.25 mm/US size 3 double-pointed needle (optional - for working edging)
  • 310 yds/(283 m) of light DK weight yarn (sample shown in handspun 100% North Ronaldsay wool)
  • Waste yarn in contrasting colour
  • Darning needle
  • Four stitch markers

Skills required

  • Garter tab beginning with provisional CO (a link is provided in the pattern to a photo tutorial for provisional CO)
  • Standard lace increases and decreases, e.g. yo, ssk, k2tog, sl2k1psso, sl1k2psso
  • Estonian-style lace increases, explained in pattern.