Icelandic Spring shawl with Love Story

This lovely lace shawl designed by Hélène Magnússon with the colors of spring retains the main characteristics of the traditional Icelandic lace shawls: the very popular spider lace, undulating striped patterns, a lacy edge and a boomerang shape but here very accentuated making the shawl sit beautifully around the shoulders. Knitted from the top down on big needles and stretched extensively, thanks to Icelandic wool, it’s a rather quick knit and much easier than it seems! Have fun with the colors and join the growing group of Spring shawl serial knitters!

Yarn used: Love Story Einband  

Back to Issue 03 – Spring 2011


Icelandic Spring shawl Pattern

6 €


Icelandic Spring Shawl KIT (yarn without instructions)

Depending on yarn used, 8,50 €, 22€ or 29 €


The design story

Hélène says
About the designer

"This lovely shawl takes into consideration the unique characteristics of the Icelandic wool: knitted on rather big needles, you will be able to stretch it extensively when blocking and it will hold the shape! It is knitted from the top down with one simple pattern repeat used in different ways to give the shawl its shape, and a very easy lacy border. The pattern becomes more effective by playing with the colors, just like in the typical Old Icelandic shawls. I chose some refreshing colors: they remind me of spring!"

One year later, it's spring again... and it's raining! Raining so much that's it's muddy! The new color combinations "It"s raining" (grey, blue, black) and "It's muddy!" (browns, beige and a tiny bit of green)  and the "Love" variation using cobweb Love Story yarn, illustrate how colors and their arrangement can dramatically change the allure of a shawl!

Another year has passed, winter seems endless… 

And in 2014, of course I have to knit the shawl using my own Icelandic plied lace yarn, Grýla: knitted with 4 colors, the Spring shawl shows yet another facet!

The designer

Hélène Magnússonlikes to put a new spin on old Icelandic knitting traditions. She enjoys designs with strong ties to Iceland and that tell a story. She is best known for her research into the traditional Icelandic intarsia that was mostly seen in knitted insoles in the past centuries. Her book, Icelandic knitting: using Rose Patterns is available in three languages. She is a French native but a true Icelandic knitter and has an Icelandic family. Hélène abandoned a law career in Paris for the love of Icelandic nature. She worked as a mountain guide for many years in Iceland and studied textile and fashion design at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. She is the head and designer behind The Icelandic Knitter.


Wool, size & info

Size: one size. Shawl fits a square ca 95x95 cm / 37x37”

Needles: cicular needle 5 mm / 8 US, crochet hook 2 mm (B/1 US)

Gauge: 10x10 cm / 4”x 4” = 16 sts x 22 rows in stocking st on needles 5 mm. Gauge is not essential but you may run short of yarn if your gauge is too loose.


Total yardage: about 450 m

Einband by Ístex, 100% wool (80% Icelandic wool), single ply lace, 2-ply weight, 50gr/skein, 50g = approx. 225m/246 yds

Grýla Tvíband by Hélène Magnússon: 100% new wool, pure Icelandic wool, plied lace, 2-ply, 25 g/skein = approx. 112 m/ 123 yds 

Color combinations:

  • Spring: MC #0851 (white) 1 skein; CC1 #1765 (yellow) 1 skein; CC2 #9268 (green) 20 g; CC3 # 9990 (orange) 20 g
  • It’s raining: MC #1026 (grey), CC1 #0151 (black),  CC2 #0008 (blue), 1 skein each
  • It’s muddy: MC #1038 (beige), CC1 #0852 (dark brown), CC2 #0853 (brown), 1 skein each; a few grams CC3 #9268 (green) to bind off.
  • Grýla blue: MC anis green, CC1 sky blue, CC2 moss green, CC3 indigo blue; 1 skein each
  • Grýla purple: MC Vieux Rose, CC1 anis green, CC2 aubergine, CC3 white; 1 skein each 



Techniques:provisional cast-on, top down, lace, crocheted bind-off

Pattern: once you've made your paiement, you will receive an email with  instructions on how to download the pattern. It comes as a PDF file. We don't send pattern by snail mail.

Kit: includes the yarn and material. Kit doesn’t include the needles and notions. Shipping costs are not included in the price. Pattern is not included and has to be purchased separately.

Errata: no mistake was found in this pattern.

Errata: no mistake was found in this pattern but there were a few updates:

24.04.2012: instructions for color combinations "It's raining" and "It's muddy" and "Love" variation added to the pattern.

16.01.2015: Grýla color combination added. Written instructions added. New layout. Newest file ending ENG2-1