Þórdís is a shawl in the collection of the Icelandic Handicrafts Association. The original shawl is knitted using extremely fine, double plied handspun þel (undercoat wool of the Icelandic sheep), with white as the main color while the color stripes and lace border are made up of countless greys and natural browns, carded together in such a way that color change is almost imperceptible.This pattern is based on the original as closely and exactly as possible, though the color variations are fewer and have different shade nuances than the handspun yarn.

The kit has so many colors that you will have enough yarn left to knit two more big lace shawls!
Note that Þórdís is only available as an individual pattern when purchased as a Kit. It can not been purchased alone.

Yarn used: Love Story.


Þórdís KIT (wool + pattern PDF)

84 €

The background story

Hélène tells us more about the pattern

No written records exist for this shawl but when compared to triangular shawls known to have been worked by Þórdís Egilsdóttir (1878-1961), housewife from Ísafjördur in the West Fjords of Iceland, there is little doubt that this shawl is one of hers. 

It is part of Sigríður Halldórsdóttir’s book Þríhyrnur og langsjöl 1988 (Triangular and long shawls), a reference for Icelandic lace shawls published in the book. Hélène reworked the charts and added written instructions, while the use of her Love Story yarn gets the shawl closer to the original one in finesse.

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

Finished measurements: after blocking, triangle 225 cm / 88” at widest, 90 cm / 35” height

Yarn: Love Story from Hélène Magnússon, pure new wool, 100% Icelandic lambswool, fine lace weight, 1 ply, 25 g skein = 225 m / 246 yds

MC: Natural white, 2 skeins

CC1 Hafra beige, CC2 Natural brown, CC3 Natural black (very dark brown), CC4 Natural grey (light), CC5 Basalt grey grey (dark), CC6 Raven black, 1 skein each.

Gauge: 10 x10 cm / 4”x 4” = 22 sts and 26 rows in Stocking st on needle 4 mm

Needles: Size 4 mm/US 6 circ needle; size 3 mm / USC2/D3 crochet hook

Notions: optional markers, darning needle, blocking wires and pins, blocking mat.


The shawl alternates white stripes with purled sts and patterned stripes with shading of natural grey and brown colors. The triangle is knitted from the bottom up. Then sts are picked up at the cast on edge and the lace border worked from the top down.

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 English. 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