Flower Garden Shawl - Orenburg Knitting Pattern

Project Type Scarves/Shawls
Categories Knitting
Author Alla Postelnik
Format Project/Pattern

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Growing up in the former USSR, Alla Postelnik knew a lot about Orenburg lace shawls. They were considered a national treasure. For many women, owning an Orenburg shawl was a symbol of high status. There was even a song, “Orenburskyj Platok,” written about the love that went into making a shawl to warm the heart and shoulders of a beloved mother.

Alla originally heard about Estonian lace while living in Austin, Texas, where she attempted to knit a shawl that included nupps and fleur-de-lis motifs for the first time. Alla fell in love with Estonian lace, drawn in by the nupp accents and their three-dimensional effect. It was only natural that she felt that combining an Orenburg shawl structure with Estonian lace elements would make a beautiful shawl.


  • Hikoo Merino Lace Light, 100% merino yarn, laceweight, 1,531 yard (1,400 m)/3.5 ounces (100 g) cone, 1 skein of #1002 Bliss (yarn distributed by Skacel)
  • Needles, size 1½ (2.5 mm) circ 24 inches (61 cm) or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Spare needle, size 1½ (2.5 mm)
  • Markers, 2, contrasting colors
  • Lace Blocking Wires (stainless-steel blocking wires and T-pins)
  • Tapestry needle

Finished size: 18 inches (45.7 cm) wide and 64 inches (162.6 cm) long, after blocking Gauge: 26 sts and 35 rows = 4 inches (10.2 cm) in lace patt from center section of Body chart, after blocking

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