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Bestla is a top down crescent shaped shawl with a stockinette body, lace panel and finished with a delicate lace border. Its written in two sizes for one or two skeins of fingering weight yarn and will stunningly showcase your favourite yarns. Named after the Norse frost giantess and mother of Odin, Bestla is sure to ward off any chills.

The pattern includes both charts and written instructions for the lace, so however you like to read your patterns, you're covered! The pattern has been tech edited and test knitted. There's a screenshot of the pattern and a list of the stitches used at the bottom of the photos. These additional techniques are used: garter stitch tab.


  • 400 m (437 yds) of Eden Cottage Titus 4ply (75% Merino/25% Silk, 437 yds/100g) in Tarn (small size) or 800 m (875 yds) of Eden Cottage Titus 4ply (75% Merino/25% Silk, 437 yds/100g) in Falling Leaves (large size)
  • 4mm (US 6) circular needles, 80 cm (32") or longer (or straight needles)
  • Yarn needle for sewing in ends
  • Blocking mat and pins


22 stitches and 37 rows in 10 cm (4") in stockinette stitch. Gauge is not essential but will also affect the amount of yarn used. Differences in gauge may also change the size of the finished shawl.

Finished Size

Small: 112 cm long by 38 cm deep (44" by 15")
Large: 155 cm long by 48 cm deep (61" by 19")

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bestla pattern abbreviations


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You know when the skies open and there’s a sudden downpour, and instead of there being a road outside your house there’s now a rushing torrent of water? In Gaelic that torrent of water is called Tuil-Bheum, and that’s exactly what the lace pattern on these socks reminds me of – a rushing, twisting, cascading […]