Milanese Lace Shawl by Jane Brindley

I am so delighted to show you Janie’s Milanese Shawl, designed for my book, knitted in the original yarn Wollmeise Lace in Sabrina, a stunning teal shade photo-graphed on her mother. Janie ordered the yarn from Loop in London by telephone (details here: loopknitting) after checking their Wollmeise updates in their Ravelry group. The demand for this marvelous lush hand dyed yarn is greater than the supply, see: wollmeise-one-of-my-favourite-yarns. The shawl requires nearly a full 300 g skein (1591 m/1740 yds) of Wollmeise Lace (rohrspatzundwollmeise) or Malabrigo Sock (malabrigoyarn) or Anzula Cloud (anzula) or Kauni Effekt Garn (kauni) or Rauma Lamullgarn (raumaull). Thank you, Janie!


The shawl is rectangular with buttons on one side of each end so that it can be buttoned up into a shrug or a vest and therefore easier to use than a triangular shawl in my opinion. Holes in the pattern are used instead of made buttonholes. The lace is framed by garter stitches on all sides and has a ruffled bell border on each end. Hence it is cast on with a temporary method which is unpicked at the end and the border knitted on. The shawl, measuring 46 cm/18″ wide and 150 cm/59″ long, is knitted using a 3 mm/US 2.5.

The pattern is not only available in Norwegian and Finnish in my book, but also in English as a downloadable pdf from my Ravelry store here: ravelry. Below is the beautiful Anna Pfeiffer wearing it in the colour I chose for the book: Petit Poison No 5 dark, photographed by Kim Müller.


15 thoughts on “Milanese Lace Shawl by Jane Brindley

  1. I just love my Milanese Shawl, one of my favourite knits ever. The design shows off the semi-solid colour of the yarn perfectly. My work colleagues were stunned how I changed it into a vest one day when I was cold in the office, magic of wonderful knitting design I told them.

  2. I just couldn’t resist … After I downloaded your pattern I ordered 3 skeins of Anzula Cloud in beautiful teal tones. Next month my daughter, one of the grandchildren and I are driving to a sheep growers’ gathering (translation: fiber festival!) 8 hours north in the state of Oregon. Your Milanese Shawl will be the perfect project to bring with me. Plus, we will be stopping in Ashland, Oregon, where one of my favorite yarn shops sits: Webster’s ( Webster’s has a great button selection, so I am confident I will find the perfect buttons for the Milanese Shawl. I have no doubt that, as I sit with knitters sipping coffee and chatting over needles, your shawl will garner a lot of attention!

    • That sounds gorgeous! Oh, how I look forward to seeing it! Enjoy your fiber festival, sounds like a lot of fun! Thank you so much for choosing another of my designs and all the promotion you do for me, I am very grateful for it! I need to check out your yarn shop!

        • That would have been fun, though! And would convince a large number of people, I believe since we share a language, name and knitting interest! But I would actually like to visit your yarn shop and meet you one day in your part of the world! 😉

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