Magical Shetland Lace Shawls to Knit

In order to complete this book review, I received a complimentary sample copy from the publisher. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Magical Shetland Lace Shawls to Knit by Elizabeth Lovick: Book Review |
Magical Shetland Lace Shawls to Knit © 2015 by Elizabeth Lovick Reprinted with permission of St. Martin’s Griffin.


Title: Magical Shetland Lace Shawls to Knit
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Author: Elizabeth Lovick
Photographs by: Simon Pask and Phil Wilkins
ISBN: 978-1-250-06748-7


Magical Shetland Lace Shawls to Knit by Elizabeth Lovick contains 15 of the most beautiful patterns for Shetland Lace shawls to knit. Shetland Lace can be very challenging to try since it is intricate and fine. This book shows you how a few basic skills can help you create a soft, gorgeous shawl of your own. Each of the designs in the book are beautifully made with clear and concise directions to help you complete your project successfully.  

Here is a full list of the projects found in this book:

Apprentice Pieces (5 mini shawls to help you practice lace knitting):

  • Fischou – A wide triangle (Measures 17″ x 5.5″)
  • Mini Circular Shawl – A circular shawl, knitted from the center out (Measures 17″ in diameter)
  • Inside-Out Square – A square knitted from the center out (Measures 15″)
  • Outside-In Square – A square worked in four strips (Measures 22″)
  • Stole – Worked in two pieces and grafted together (Measures 8″ x 19″)


  • Everyday Baby Shawl – A standard inside-out shawl (48″ Square)
  • Sampler Stole – An elegant wrap using Shetland lace stitches (Measures 53″ x 22″)
  • Circular Shawl – A shawl worked back and forth with an almost invisible seam (Measures 51″ in diameter)
  • Crepe Shawl  – A finer version of a hap shawl with a garter stitch center and a simple border (40” Square)
  • Traditional Stole – Can be worn as a loose wrap or scarf (Measures 74″ x 19″)
  • Cape – A semicircular shawl (Neck: 24″, Length: 33″)
  • Crescent Shawl – A diamond-centered shawl with a cockleshell border (Measures 70″ x 20″)
  • Heirloom Shawl – A fine and highly patterned shawl, traditionally worn by a bride or babies during christenings. (68″ square)
  • Heirloom Set – A set used for christenings, which includes a Petticoat, Dress, Bonnet, and Booties. (Sizes: Petticoat and Dress fit Sizes 0-12 Months, Bonnet and Booties fit 0-6 months and 6-12 months)
  • Cobweb Square – A lacy square shawl (39.5″ square)
  • Heart Stole – A traditional stole with large heart motifs (Measures 74.75″ x 20″)
  • Cobweb Crescent Shawl – A modern version of a fischou  (Measures 51″ x 8.75″ at widest point)
  • Laceweight Triangular Shawl – A triangular shawl using two tip-up triangles to make a tip-down triangle. (Measures 55″ x 23.75″)
  • Scarf with Shaped Ends – A modern stole with shaped ends to add visual interest (Measures 59″ x 14.25″)
  • Cockleshell Scarf – A complex looking pattern utilizing the cockleshell pattern, which is a typical Shetland shawl stitch pattern. (Measures 54.25″ x 10.75″)

Besides the gorgeous patterns in this book, Elizabeth provides a whole chapter on core techniques to help you. She lists all of the tools and equipment you will need, a yarn list, a section on how to read lace charts, tips for keeping your place, tips on starting/stopping/joining yarn, and she even talks about dealing with any mistakes that have been made. Magical Shetland Lace Shawls to Knit is a very informative book and is great for those that are new to knitting and want to try a shawl project. There are some very simple patterns in the book and Elizabeth’s instructions are very clear and concise so they are easy to understand.

I hope you will purchase this great book and try out all of the projects! If you already own it, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for providing me with a copy of this book for my review! You can see more about Magical Shetland Lace Shawls to Knit from Macmillan Publishers. For more information about St. Martin’s Griffin, visit their Website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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