The Expectation of Snow: An Orenburg Shawl Pattern

Project Type Scarves/Shawls
Categories Knitting, Lace
Author Olga Radchuk
Format Project/Pattern

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This shawl was inspired by the old Orenburg lace shawls knitted during the long winter nights and made of the finest and warmest goat down. The traditional shawl designs used a limited number of basic elements. These smaller elements could be arranged to create a wide variety of patterns, allowing each knitter to create a unique design.


  • Pehorka Orenburgskaya, 80% goat down, 20% Merino, laceweight, 430 yd (393 m)/1.76 oz (50 g) skein, 5 skeins of 166 Raw White
  • Needles, size 2½ (3 mm) circ 47" (120 cm), in size needed to obtain gauge
  • Additional 47" (120 cm) cable or second circ needle for holding border sts
  • Stitch markers
  • About 712 2 mm faceted glass rondelles with aurora borealis effect, optional
  • Steel crochet hook, size 12 (0.6 mm) for applying beads, optional
  • Blocking wires and pins
  • Tapestry needle

Finished measurements: 58" (147.3 cm) square, after blocking
Gauge: 28 sts and 28 rows = 4" (10.2 cm) in garter lace patterns from charts, after blocking.

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