Randalín is based on a shawl knitted by Sigurbjörg Þorláksdóttir from Reykjavík in 1982. The colors are arranged like hers but decreases are evenly distributed and the neckline added. In the past, various knitting designs similar to this shawl were quite common on all kinds of clothing. Sometimes this knit trellis pattern was used instead of ribbing on mittens but most often it was used on the so called “sheaths” or sleeves that were knitted cylinders used to shield the wrists and forearms.
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.
Gauge: 10 cm / 4” = 17 sts in garter st with Love Story on needle 4.0 mm/US 6 after blocking. Gauge not essential.
Needles: 4.0 mm/US 6 circular lace needle (with pointy tips)
Wool: LOVE STORY from Hélène Magnússon, pure new wool, 100 % Icelandic lambswool, fine lace, 1 ply, 25g/ skein = 225 m/ 246 yds.
MC: 2 skeins
CC1: 2 skeins
Color combinations shown MC/CC1:
Natural Brown/ Hot Springs Blue
Thyme purple/ Salmon Orange
Notions: blocking wires (or equivalent), pins, darning needle
Techniques: the shawl is knitted back and forth in garter st. Single left and right decreases, double center and quadruple decreases, make 1 kfb.
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: it includes the yarn and the pattern. 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