What happens when the Cathare Shepherds (Bergers cathares) meet an Icelandic knitter? A beautiful Icelandic shawl is born, knitted with the natural wool from the Pyrénées’ sheep.
« With only two colors, natural white and natural grey, I tried to give a sense for the numerous colors in the Icelandic sheep which reflects in the great variety of colors in Icelandic lace. The result is a subtle grading with traditional but simple lace motifs. The shawl is knitted from the top down. Although it’s pure lace, the rusticity of the yarn makes the shawl suitable both for men and women.»
Hélène Magnússon likes 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.
Size: one size, triangle 140 cm long, 64 cm height
Needle: circular needle 4 mm
Wool: Yarn Alpage from Bergers cathares, 100 % pure wool, skein 25g = 100 m, natural white (MC) and natural grey (CC): 3 skeins of each
or Gilitrutt Tvíband by Hélène Magnússon: 100% new wool, pure Icelandic lambswool, plied lace, 2-ply, 25 g/skein = approx. 112 m/ 123 yds: 2 skeins of each color
Shown in Viking Rust/Moss green and Natural white/Hafra beige
Gauge: 10×10 cm / 4×4” = 16 sts x 22 rows in stocking st
Techniques: lace, provisional cast on, garter tab cast on. W
Pattern: once you’ve made your payment, 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.
Errata: an errata is available for this pattern. Patterns purchased after june 2012 are free of mistakes.
4.02.2016: written instructions of the charts were added to the pattern, along with a new layout.