Knit your own Cascading Hearts Shawl using these clearly-written instructions by knitwear designer Jackie E-S of HeartStrings FiberArts.
This Faroese shawl pattern features stockinette stitch knitted lace of interlocking heart motifs.
The distinctive "butterfly" shaping of the Faroese shawl makes an exceptionally wearable garment because of the shaped shoulders and elongated ends for optionally tying around the waist.
The Faroese shawls in the HeartStrings collection are all worked from the neckband down. You start with just a few stitches so that you can become familiar with your yarn and the stitch patterns. Different increase techniques are used in each pattern to achieve the traditional center back panel, side panels, front bands, and shaped shoulders.
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28" - 31" long and 44" - 48" across at widest point as worn. 1075 yards lace weight or fingering/jumper weight yarn as preferred, 4 stitches/inch (laceweight) or 3¾ stitches/inch (fingering/jumper weight), size US 8 / 5.0 mm needles suggested. Adjusts smaller or larger with change in yarn and corresponding change in needle size and yardage. Charted instructions.
The red Cascading Hearts shawl shown above was knitted in MacAusland Shetland jumper weight yarn (equivalent to fingering weight yarn). The white Cascading Hearts shawl shown in the additional images was knitted in Polwarth 2-ply laceweight wool; close-up photo shows detail of the center back panel and lower border.
Pam in Arkansas writes ...
Did you hear that the Cascading Hearts shawl I made won a blue ribbon at the State Fair? So, we did good!
Mary Ann Winters writes ...
Jackie, I ordered your patterns off your site because of the testimonials on your site. I have always wanted to tackle lace; specially Shetland shawls. My yarn arrived today from England. I am using Jamiesons' Ultra Lace....Your hearts Faroese pattern looked intimidating---but I must say it is brilliant. Although chart B is a bit hectic, the rest flows so easily. I wanted to say that it has made entering the world of lacemaking so very much simpler than I had feared. Thank you for your concise yet SIMPLIFIED version of how to make a shawl. I know it will be FINISHED---and treasured for years!