Garter & Lace Shawl

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“I wanted to design a minimalist blanket shawl without superfluous details — useful all the year long, a sort of cozy envelope. The wrap you like to have always nearby, perfect for rainy afternoons on the couch or cool evenings outside. I added a subtle feminine touch by working a lace motif along two edges.” – Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

On rainy days, reach for a comforting blanket shawl worked in rustic, homey garter stitch. Nadia’s eye for modern geometry and minimal adornment gives this design a lift without sacrificing the unfussy practicality of the humble garter triangle. This simple shawl begins with a classic garter tab and grows asymmetrically, with one wing longer than the other. The lace band on the side is worked together with the body of the shawl and then two lace repeats (or more, if you wish) finish the third edge. This unexpected placement of the embellishment adds to Scalene’s fresh appeal, and the longer wing of the triangle easily wraps over your shoulder and stays in place without a pin. Work this pattern in Plains for a feather-light accessory or use Loft for greater warmth.


  • Version I: 1115 yards of lace weight wool yarn
  • Version II: 1150 yards of fingering weight wool yarn


Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.


Version I:

  • 24 stitches & 44 rows = 4″ in garter stitch with Size A needle, after blocking

Version II:

  • 20 stitches & 40 rows = 4″ in garter stitch with Size A needle, after blocking

Versions I & II:

Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Size B (for Bind Off)

  • One 32″ circular needle four sizes larger than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)
Finished dimensions

Version I (Version II):

  • 32 (32)” [81.5 (81.5) cm] along shorter side edge; 55 (54)” [139.5 (137) cm] along longer side edge; 70½ (69¼)” [179 (176) cm] along bind-off edge
  • Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking
Nadia Crétin-Léchenne
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