View Full Version : Ever done a lacy shawl/scarf with heavy/bulky yarn?
01-09-2008, 12:52 PM
just wondering. i just bought this yarn from valley yarns (85%wool and 15% Alpaca) called Berkshire. It's a gorgeous, vibrant blue - and i never, ever buy blue yarn and never wear blue - but - WOW, what a color. :woot: the color is beautiful and it knits really nice and easy. i started a simple poncho with it (mostly boring SS stitch) and am only 3 inches into it and am bored already (even though i really like the finished pattern). lol
anyway, i wanted to try an experiment - a lacy pattern for a scarf or rectangular shawl with heavy/bulky weight yarn (it gets about 3.5-4 spi) on 11-13 needles). i just live where it gets soooooo cold and even though it's not a traditional thing to do, i wonder if anyone has ever tried it and liked the way it looked.
anyone who has a pic of something like that would be great also. thanks in advance for any feedback.:muah:
01-09-2008, 01:53 PM
I made my SIL a shawl using baby alpaca brushed from Plymouth, and she lives in it during the winter my mother says.
(Or at least at my mother's house, which is practically unheated. :teehee: )
That's only heavy worsted, I knit it on 10s, but that is close?
I loved how it turned out but when I was home at thanksgiving I noticed it seemingly shrank/or wasn't as blocked as when I first finished it. I don't know whether that's the yarn, the weight, or because she washed it and didn't reblock it though.
It was this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/perfect-pie-shawl.
But I have no pictures of it because the the yarn is so black and so fuzzy none came out well at all.
01-09-2008, 02:20 PM
someone just talked about this in the chat room the other night...I think they said they did the feather and fan shawl with a thicker weight...does that sound right to anyone? Who was that...?
I've been wanting to make a shawl but I don't think I would ever get much use out of one the was made of very thin, lightweight yarn.
Now I think I might have found a new project.
01-09-2008, 02:51 PM
that was my thought as well. a lacey one is so pretty, but the lightweight yarn in my climate is not very practical. Plus, I guess i thought it might knit up much quicker. I think i'm going to undo the 3 inches i've already done and change over to a rectangle lacey shawl pattern and see what it looks like.
01-09-2008, 03:19 PM
The feather and fan patterns works well in any weight yarn, from lace to chunky. You can certainly make it rectangular, but here's a triangular shawl done in worsted weight http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/shawls-shrugs/feather-and-fan-comfort-shawl.htm and I found pictures of the same pattern in all sorts of yarn. http://flickr.com/groups/feathernfan/pool/
01-10-2008, 10:56 AM
yes - lace can look very lovely in heavy yarns knit on large needles. Shawls, scarves, afghans, lap robes, etc all work well.
01-10-2008, 04:56 PM
I saw this (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=47406&highlight=karaoke+scarf) by DotMom61 and I decided to make one for myself with the pattern (http://www.modeknit.com/blog/alisons_scarf.pdf) but the yarn I bought was superchunky and the lace detail didn't show up until I changed up to 10mm needles (I skipped the ribbing in the middle though)
01-10-2008, 06:19 PM
I made the Isobel Scarf (http://cidermoon.com/cm0123.html) with Malabrigo, which is worsted. If you do a search on the forums, I think someone made one out of slightly thicker yarn.
Here is a picture.
01-11-2008, 02:19 AM
This (http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60301.html?noImages=) pattern isn't extremely lacy, but it does use bulky weight yarn. I've used this pattern oodles of times, using either bulky weight yarn or double-stranded worsted weight yarn. It's an easy pattern and it goes fast, and I was pleased with the results. I would recommend staying away from boucle yarn they recommend in the pattern because the smooth yarns look much nicer than the boucle does for this particular pattern (but that's just my personal experience).