Lily of the Valley Shawl
Pattern description from Lace Style: “Some of the most beautiful lace patterns come from Eastern Europe. The lily of the valley pattern Nancy Bush used in this shawl is a traditional but enduringly popular motif that originated in Estonia. Nancy’s shawl is worked as a large rectangle with sprigs of lily of the valley accented with the characteristic nupps (buds or buttons) that alternate with sprigs without nupps. Every other row is purled to produce a smooth stockinette-stitch background…
Meandering Vines Shawl
This generously sized shawl showcases the wavy lines of the lace pattern worked in a wonderful baby alpaca yarn. The right side rows of the pattern consist of only two different simple lace stitch sequences and every wrong side row is purled, making this pattern very easy to memorize and knit.
The Cleopatra Wrap evoked the mystery and beauty of Ancient Egypt, where women like Cleopatra wore gossamer thin pleated robes. The lace detail on each end of the wrap recalls the fluted lotus-topped columns that adorned Egypt’s great temples in the desert.
Miss Lambert's Shetland Pattern for a Shawl pattern by Jane Sowerby
Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “Shetland shawls became popular in England after 1840 (the sea route to Shetland had opened in 1836), and by the end of the century the annual trade was worth 25,000 pounds. Miss Lambert gives a rather pretty lacy pattern for a Shetland shawl, which is very simple and quick to knit, no doubt reflecting the recent fashion for Shetland shawls in London.”
Large Rectangle with Center Diamond Pattern pattern by Jane Sowerby
Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “I have chosen the diamond pattern partly for its simplicity and partly because it is one of the earliest Victorian Lace Patterns.”
This sheer rectangle stole in two sizes (petite/tall) provides a lighter-than-air layer over a bare summer dress or top. Lace knitting on both sides of the fabric produces an arabesque of interlocking shapes with crisp lines, delicate eyelets, and pretty points along the hem edges. A wide, delicate edging along the length of each side border completes the stole, which is knit in one piece.