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Bestselling triangular lace shawl

Knit your own version of the iconic Ysolda shawl design. With over 14000 Ravelry projects Ishbel is not only our most popular shawl, it's one of the most popular shawl patterns of all time. Newly updated to celebrate the 12 year anniversary of its original publication in 2009, we've added clearer directions for new shawl knitters and two new sizes, designed to make the most of typical skein sizes.


Skills for knitting this project

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20 sts and 30 rows = 4" / 10cm in st st.


Ishbel is a simple triangular shawl pattern that can be worked in four sizes and two different yarn weights.

S[M, L, XL]
Approximate length at top edge: 48.5[51, 66, 79]” / 123[128, 168, 200]cm wide
Approximate depth: 14.5[16.5,19.5, 31]” / 37[42, 49.5, 78]cm

The pink shawl is the x-large size.



Lace or fingering (4ply) weight yarn with good drape that blocks well.
Shown in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering (100% Organic Merino, 475 yds / 434m, 4oz / 114g) in Mondawmin.
330[435, 610, 910] yds / 300[400, 555, 830]m.

Needles and notions

US 6 / 4mm 24" / 60cm or longer circular

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