Fína hyrna

Fína hyrna is a very lovely triangular shawl. The recurrent spider lace motif that you can see in many other Icelandic shawls published by Hélène is knitted from the bottom up, making a nice change for those already familiar with the motif. Stitches are then picked up along the cast on edge and the lace border knitted. As well as clarifying, reworking the charts and adding written instructions, Hélène added 3 more sizes to the shawl to make it bigger (up to 195 cm/76″ wide)!  The Volcanic red sample is a size 1 an the Moss green one a size 3.

Fína hyrna is part of the book Þríhyrnur og langsjöl (Triangular and Long Shawls), a reference for traditional Icelandic lace shawls. It is probably the most knitted shawl in Iceland, at least the 30-40 years following World War II, first out of extremely fine handspun yarn made of þel (the soft inner layer of the Icelandic wool) that were so fine they could easily be drawn through a ring. Hélène is very proud that her soft Icelandic Love Story yarn makes it possible as well!

Yarn used: Love Story.
Note that Fína hyrna is only available as an individual pattern when purchased as a Kit. It can not been purchased alone.

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Fína hyrna KIT (pattern PDF in English + Love Story yarn)

from 19 €

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The pattern story

Hélène tells us more about the pattern

This elegant fichu is part of Sigríður Halldórsdóttir’s book Þríhyrnur og langsjöl 1988 (Triangular and long shawls), a reference for Icelandic lace shawls. The pattern first appeared in the Icelandic Handicrafts Association’s annual magazine Hugur og hönd in 1968. It had been written by Steinunn Eyjólfsdóttir from Reykjavík, who for a long time knitted for the Icelandic handicrafts shop and was a highly skilled craftsman. Steinunn had the pattern memorized.

Little is known of the pattern’s origin except that Sigrún Stefánsdóttir, the former manager of the Icelandic handicrafts shop, said that she and Steinunn worked together at enlarging the center tongue on the leaf border with the help of a mirror. Previously, the lace border also had a three-leaf tongue at the center, which certainly did not make for enough width.

Fína hyrna, litteraly fine triangle, is probably the most knitted shawl in Iceland, at least the 30-40 years following World War II, first out of extremely fine handspun yarn made of þel (the soft inner layer of the Icelandic wool). The Handicrafts Association owns a few samples that are so light they could easily be drawn through a ring. Hélène is very proud that her soft Icelandic Love Story yarn makes it possible as well.

As well as clarifying, reworking the charts and adding written instructions, Hélène added 3 more sizes to the shawl to make it bigger! 

Love Story is an exceptional lace yarn created by Hélène Magnússon. It is a very fine 1 ply lace weight yarn made of soft Icelandic lambswool carefully selected by Hélène from Icelandic sheep farmers. Love Story knits beautifully into very delicate and ethereal lace shawls and is reminiscent of the Old handspun yarns that Icelandic lace is known for.

Hélène Magnússon is a Icelandic knit designer, the author of many books about traditional Icelandic knitting and the editor of The Icelandic Knitter. She likes to put a new spin on Icelandic traditions. She began her professional life as a lawyer in Paris before she made a complete life change and moved to Iceland, where she studied textile and fashion at Iceland Academy of the Arts and worked as a hired girl in a sheep farm and a mountain guide. The varied skills she learned in those early years richly inform the amazing hiking and knitting tours she passionately guides in collaboration with tour operator Icelandic Mountain Guides / Iceland Rovers. 

 

Wool, sizes  & info

The pattern

Sizes: 1(2,3,4). Dimensions after blocking: height at center 60(75,90,105) cm/ 24(30,36,42)”, wingspan 105(135,165,195) cm/ 41(53,65,76)” 

Wool: Love Story Einband by Hélène Magnusson, pure new wool, 100% Icelandic lambswool, very fine lace, 1 ply, 25 g/ skein = 225 m / 246 yds), 2(3,3,4) skeins

Shown in Volcanic red size 1.

If you wish to purchase a kit in another color than Volcanic red, please add the color of your choice at the check-out in the "Instructions to merchant".

Needles: 4 mm/US 5 circular needle
Crochet hook 2.5 mm / US 1/B

Notions: darning needle, tapestry needle, optional markers, rustproof pins and/or blocking wires. 

Gauge: 10 cm /4” = 18 sts in Stocking stitch. Gauge is not essential.

Techniques: 

The shawl is knitted from the bottom up with a spider lace motif. Stitches are then picked up at the bottom and the lace border knitted with a leaf motif. Make sure to read both the notes and the instructions to the end before starting knitting after the pattern.

You will find many useful tutorials demonstrating the techniques here.

Pattern: once you've made your payment, you will receive an email with a link to download the pattern PDF. We don't send patterns by snailmail.

Kit: includes the yarn and the pattern in Englisg. Kit doesn’t include the needles and notions. Shipping costs are not included in the price. 

Errata: no mistake has been found in this pattern