Kotelny, triangular shawl

Kotelny Island is located in the Artic Ocean, north of Siberia. It is inhabited, covered with ice and snow. Some spots of vegetation appear here and there. This shawl structure has been designed in reference of the last winter days, before the coming of spring in this Nordic area. The lace pattern reminds the snowflakes. Whilst snow covers the rippling hills, green lines of conifers appear here and there. Winter is about to finish. The melting snow is revealing trees and announces spring. Irreversibly, life emerges and burst through edging little buds. Starting with a garter tab cast on, Kotelny gradually develops in garter stitch section, followed by an easy lace stitch from which a green line emerges. At the edge the bind off is worked with small buds. The increases are more numerous on the sides to benefit from long wings without the tip falling too low. It is worked at the gauge 24 sts x 40 rows on US 2½ / 3 mm needle.


  • knitting pattern
  • chart (without written instruction)
  • row by row instructions
  • Imperial and metric measurements

Materials you need at home:

  • Main yarn: Fonty BB merino (100 % wool SW; 50 g, 220 y / 200 m) colour 863, white: 2 balls.
  • Complementary Yarn: Lilou Tweed fingering (85% superwash Merino, 15% Donegal; 100 g, 440 y / 400 m) , colour dew drop: 1 skein.
  • One circular needle US 2½ / 3 mm
  • 4 stitches markers
  • One tapestry needle
  • One tape measure
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