View Full Version : Lace shawl pattern?

07-26-2006, 12:03 PM
I am looking to do a lace shawl for myself. I am totally in love with Moscow Nights (http://www.patternworks.com/PWShopping/partsview.asp?action=lookup&partno=800099&subject=&catpos=) and Pacific NW (http://www.patternworks.com/PWShopping/partsview.asp?action=lookup&partno=800608&subject=&catpos=), but there's no way on this earth I can afford $49 and $40 respectively for yarn. :(

I guess my post really has 2 purposes - first: what yarn(s) would you recommend substituting for either of the above patterns? Second: what similar patterns would you recommend that don't call for uber-expensive yarn?


07-26-2006, 01:22 PM
I'm pretty sure you could use almost every lace yarn as a substitute, like for example Jaggerspun Zephyr.
theknitter (http://www.theknitter.com/yarn-yagger-spun-zephyr-wool-silk.html) sells them in 2 oz balls with 630 yards per ball. Three balls should be more than enough for any of the two shawls(you probably end up with a lot of left-over).
I just got my hands on one ball of zephyr and it's incredible soft!

07-26-2006, 01:26 PM
TY very much! I don't know *anything* about lace work, but I figured that the only way to start learning is to jump in with both feet and my eyes closed. ;)

I'm off to order the pattern and that yarn. :)

07-26-2006, 02:02 PM
You might also try Knit Picks (http://www.knitpicks.com/Yarns/Yarn_List.aspx). You can't beat their prices! I've used their Shadow and it's great!

07-26-2006, 03:38 PM
Some of my fave shawl pattern can be found at fiber trends (http://fibertrends.com/viewer/V4_shawls.html), too. And, Elann (http://secure.elann.com/freepatterns.asp) has some gorgeous free shawl patterns. You can also have a look here (http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/shawls_stoles.php).
I also 2nd the KnitPicks suggestion for yarns :D

07-27-2006, 09:23 AM
KnitPicks has 5 different lace weight yarns. The most expensive is Shimmer which would still put your project price (for that shawl) at about $20. Elann ususally has a lot of shawl patterns. Also check out Knitty.com and even KnitPicks for a free pattern.