I’ve made two lace triangle shawls so far, the Shetland Triangle and Ishbel. I think it’s ingenious how these start at the center of the neck, and grow out from there. I want to know more about how this works, so I bought this book.


Knitting Lace Triangles by Evelyn A. Clark. The Shetland Triangle is one of her patterns, and it was a fun knit. This book is kind of a recipe book for knitting triangle shawls using four different lace stitches. You can use one, two, three, or all four of the different lace patterns. Ingenious! All of the patterns increase four stitches every other row.

What I really want to know, though, is what happens when the increases are more frequent, as in Ishbel. I know it makes the triangle shallower, but what happens to the lace at the sides? I guess I’ll have to chart it out and see.

9 responses to “Curiosity

  1. yes you will! And then tell us all about it. Now I want that book.

  2. This book has been on my list for a while – looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

  3. Oh I love Evelyn Clark’s lace. I’ve made the Swallowtail Shawl and the Shetland Triangle. Her patterns are like dancing.

  4. morewithles

    Oh, I admire your shawl curiosity. I made the Shetland Triangle and I realized I was not cut out to make lace shawls. I was so stressed about dropping yarn-overs, etc. I used a lifeline every other row. Ack! 🙂 I wish I had your love for them.

  5. Increases on every row won’t mess with the lace pattern. You’ll still be following the lace charts and adding in motifs as you add stitches. You’ll just have a shallower triangle with longer, narrower points on the sides. 🙂

    You can experiment further adding a third wedge to the design to make a 3-panel shawl that lies straight across the back instead of going to a point. This makes for a very large shawl that covers the arms nicely for a bit more warmth.

    And of course, you can always add a fourth wedge and make a square shawl or a lace tablecloth or blanket or. . .

    It’s addicting! 🙂

  6. I sense shawl patterns from you in the future.

  7. I’ll have to look up this book and am looking forward to your future posts showing your shawls.

  8. What a great book! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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