View Full Version : Lace Knitting - I need a shawl pattern

01-21-2011, 08:57 AM
you remember? I do not knit lace shawls. Well that will be past tense soon.

I thought about starting lace soon, I mean real lace, with thin yarn and in shawl-shape. Then I stumbled across this yarn. And I was toast. I did order it and now I am happy owner of one hank of 100 g (600 m) of this beauty.

I am not yet decided on what pattern I will use and I thought I would ask you all for ideas.
The Torreyana shawl (the link at knitty.com is: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss10/PATTtorreyana.php ...) has been tempting me. But is that too much for a relative lace beginner? What do you recommend?

Here is the yarn:



The yarn has a non-repeating color scheme, if that is of interest. :)

01-21-2011, 09:41 AM
That yarn would look lovely on that pattern but extraspicy is the absolute hardest rating a pattern can get on Knitty lol. If that isn't too much for you, you're either lucky or able to learn on the fly!

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring09/KSPATTaeolian.php is beautiful, as well, and a little easier. Piquant is just under the one you linked in difficulty.

Also, you could give the one you want to do a go but read it entirely through and make sure you know what it wants you to do. You may surprise yourself and have no problems making the shawl!

01-21-2011, 10:47 AM
Torreyana calls for a provisional cast on of 300 sts or so which is what makes it somewhat difficult. If you're up for that go for it, but you may want to find one a little more conventional to do first. By conventional, I mean one that starts with a few sts at the neck and increases down to the border edges. If you're used to working with charts you should be fine though.

01-21-2011, 11:25 AM
I haven't really knit lace or a shawl so I can't you give advice but I can say I LOVE that yarn. It's fantastic and looks soft. It is so wonderfully pretty purple.

01-22-2011, 06:10 AM
Thanks girls.
I needed you to pull the reins on me :)
Well, I decided that the Torreyana is for another time in my life. It will not be my first.

I have now gotten a tendency to make the "Heartland Lace Shawl" Here is the link (http://www.evelynclarkdesigns.com/portfolio.html)

It is one of the most grafic patterns I would find, I guess. And there fore I can practice knitting lace shawls, come out with a pretty result and get ready for a step up.

But the Aeolian looks awesome, too. That will have to get onto my needles one day, too.

I also have a crush on the Laminaria (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring08/PATTlaminaria.html)

See what happend to me? I am stuck, I am cought, I will have to do lace, lace, lace, now. :knitting: That's what I get from looking at your projects here so much! :aww:

My husband already considers that lace knitting is in fact light weight and therefore alowed on backpacking trips... and that is my husband being totally cought up in lightweight backpacking!

01-22-2011, 09:27 AM
The Heartland is a good first one, so is her Swallowtail on the same page. Welcome to the lace addiction!

01-22-2011, 11:50 AM
I take that encouragement and decide on the Heartland, hereby.
I will keep you posted on the progress :)

One addiction after the other grabs hold of me, partially for a first time, partially as a revival of history. Making gloves, making socks, and so on... I have quite the history in knitting. But lace really as an entire piece of lace (not as a decorative border or such) is relatively new to me. Making the Haruha scarf for my brother's girlfriend was a good race right in. I knit the 2.2 m in about 4 nights after work. So I am confident, that my knitting speed will drag me right in. And with quick progress there is quick addiction. A given in any addiction. :p