View Full Version : What about faroese shawls? (too much math!)

04-24-2007, 11:36 AM
I really like to knit and I really liked to quilt (I just don't have as much time to sit at the sewing machine and so I knit more because knitting is more portable), but boy, I sure don't like all of the math involved! :ick: Math was never a strong point for me in school and it's still not.

So I was looking over this (http://members.aol.com/CarolC2933/Faroese.Shawls.html) link that somebody posted about faroese shawls, and while it's a great link with lots of detailed information, my head is swimming because of all of the math calculations! :whoosh: To further discourage me, when I did a Google image search about these shawls, all of these beautiful, intricate shawls are coming up, and then I see "Nordic" in their descriptions, I really panicked, because "Nordic" for me translates into "intricate and hard" (as well as "beautiful", of course!).

So, are these shawls really worth all of the calculating? I mean, if I were to tackle one, I would feel a sense of accomplishment before I even knit the first stitch, just for filling in all of the blanks of the worksheet (http://members.aol.com/CarolC2933/Faroese.Worksheet.html) correctly! :rofl:

Can a faroese shawl be made from just simple garter stitch with a lace edging of some sort? Do these shawls truly fit nicer than traditional triangular shawls? How do you pronounce "faroese"? Lastly, is this (http://www.estelledesigns.ca/images/FreePaterns/EstelleWatercoloursShawlorScarf.htm) shawl considered a faroese shawl because of the way it drapes/fits?

Miss Moosey
04-24-2007, 07:34 PM
I made the mistake of following your link; now I can't get my eyes uncrossed!



04-25-2007, 04:05 AM
Ack!!!!!!! They ARE pretty....maybe you can do it in little bits, instead of the whole chunk of calculations..

could you just try a regular shawl and see if you even like the concept? I made a shawl....pretty, and ended up giving it away cuz I didn't like anything about it.....

I'm not a math person either...so I'm with you....what scares me off is something that size tho...lol...I like projects that I can do in about 3-4 sittings....

04-26-2007, 11:33 AM
There are some Faroese Shawl patterns around where the math is already done for you. It might be easier to start from a pattern.

Blackberry Ridge has some Faroese Shawl patterns:


Heartstrings has some also:


In addition, the following books all have Faroese Shawl patterns in them:

Shawls and Scarves: The Best of Knitters Magazine
Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle
Stahman's Shawls and Scarves by Myrna Stahman

All the shawl patterns in the Stahman book are Faroese shawls.