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Breezed
07-21-2011, 05:23 PM
I am looking to make a lightweight, easy, lace type shawl, no charts, no crochet edging. Keep in mind I've never done lace so it has to be easy. I've already looked through Ravelry but my head is about to explode b/c there are soooo many. Free is preferable but not necessary. I don't mind paying for patterns that are worth it.

I was just wondering if anyone has any favs that are close to what I'm looking for.

I want to make this for my bf's mom. She is very petite, so I don't want anything that will drown her out.

Jan in CA
07-21-2011, 06:38 PM
Take a look at Wisp.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wisp

I'm on my second one and I've used fingering weight yarn instead of lace weight. This my first one and I'm using the same yarn for the second, but a different colorway.
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/JanCA/wisp

It's very, very easy and comes out beautiful. I do suggest casting on more than it says though if you want a shawl. I've got 54 (I think) and even with blocking it doesn't want to be large enough so I've used it as a scarf. I personally prefer it that way anyway. I think it's a multiple of 2 so it's easy enough to do.

ETA: I also didn't do the buttonholes

JLonier
07-21-2011, 10:00 PM
This is my favorite "brainless" shawl. Once you get the rhythm you don't need to look at the pattern. Well, I don't anyway. It's simple, pretty, and knits up fairly quickly. I've never seen the pattern anywhere... I adapted Barbara Walker's Vertical Lace Trellis from her First Treasury of Knitting Patterns to a triangle shawl pattern. I've worked it in all sorts of weights. There is no pull because R4 pulls the opposite direction of R2 making blocking really just a matter of preference. I wash lightly and let hang to dry on one of those folding wood racks.

4 row repeat for pattern. CO even number of stitches.

Rows 1 and 3 (wrong side) Purl row 1 for the very first row. P1, yo, purl to end every time thereafter.

R1: Purl (P1, yo, purl to end for R5 and on)
R2: K1, yo, K1 *yo, k2tog; rep from *
R3: P1, yo, purl to end
R4: K1, yo *ssk, yo; rep from *, end k1.

Repeat pattern until it's as big as you'd like. My personal preference is snuggly wraps so I make it at least as long across the top as the person it's intended for is tall. I make an I-cord to poke through the holes of the wrap to hold it together... or not. Again personal preference. I have a big charcoal one I wear all the time in winter and the I-cord tie comes in handy when I'm making kids breakfasts and lunches in the morning. And keeps my wrap out of their food :P

Okay, i attached a photo of the last one I made lets see if it shows up. :) The little popup screen went blank.

Breezed
07-21-2011, 10:03 PM
I definitely like that. It's very pretty.

Breezed
07-21-2011, 10:05 PM
JLonier - Do you have a picture or have it on Ravelry?

JLonier
07-21-2011, 10:06 PM
I'm trying to get one up... lemme see if i can get it up on Raverly since it won't go here. brb

JLonier
07-21-2011, 10:08 PM
Heh, I have better directions on Raverly as it turns out. I'm never on there anymore. Here's the link http://www.ravelry.com/projects/JLonier/trellis-lace-triangle-wrap

Breezed
07-21-2011, 10:35 PM
Heh, I have better directions on Raverly as it turns out. I'm never on there anymore. Here's the link http://www.ravelry.com/projects/JLonier/trellis-lace-triangle-wrap

Awesome, I can't upload any photos tonight either. It's not responding. :( But I did add your shawl to my fav's!! I think it's very pretty for being so simple. It's basically what I was looking for. I think I'll use very light weight yarn since we are in SW FL.

suzeeq
07-21-2011, 11:19 PM
Thanks for the pattern! I'm always looking for simple ones. Mesh patterns like this look good with worsted yarn on size 11 or 13s too and don't take a lot of yarn, maybe 300 yards or so.

JLonier
07-22-2011, 12:08 AM
It's one of my favorite mesh lace patterns because there's no pull on the bias and it's so easily adaptable. I hate blocking big projects. Keeping my boys out of the spare room where we keep the x-box while I have something big pinned down is no fun. :P

Breezed
08-05-2011, 11:49 AM
I think I finally found the perfect shawl for FL weather 3/4 of the year. This is really simple and beautiful, elegant, and just perfect for my bf's mother. I will order the yarn soon, so I can make this ASAP. I just have to figure out what color now.

http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Shawls/claire-lace-shawl/ml/1

Jan in CA
08-05-2011, 01:34 PM
I think I finally found the perfect shawl for FL weather 3/4 of the year. This is really simple and beautiful, elegant, and just perfect for my bf's mother. I will order the yarn soon, so I can make this ASAP. I just have to figure out what color now.

http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Shawls/claire-lace-shawl/ml/1

Oooo I like it! I think this might be a project for the pretty Ella Rae Lace Merino (http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/ella-rae-lace-merino) I have! :inlove:

Breezed
08-05-2011, 06:56 PM
Oooo I like it! I think this might be a project for the pretty Ella Rae Lace Merino (http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/ella-rae-lace-merino) I have! :inlove:

Ohhh, that's nice yarn too; love those colors. I already ordered Elann silken kydd in Pewter. I don't know her fav color so I went with something hopefully she can wear over any color. A lot cheaper than the Rowan mohair/silk blend. I also love the Rum Butter and Clove. Well, really I like them all. I think the yarn is so beautiful.

Beepr
08-18-2011, 04:15 PM
It's one of my favorite mesh lace patterns because there's no pull on the bias and it's so easily adaptable. I hate blocking big projects. Keeping my boys out of the spare room where we keep the x-box while I have something big pinned down is no fun. :P
what size yarn and needles did you use. I live in Florida and i'm looking for something rather lightweight. How many stitches?