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Old 07-26-2006, 12:03 PM   #1
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Lace shawl pattern?
I am looking to do a lace shawl for myself. I am totally in love with Moscow Nights and Pacific NW, 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?

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Old 07-26-2006, 01:22 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure you could use almost every lace yarn as a substitute, like for example Jaggerspun Zephyr.
theknitter 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!
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Old 07-26-2006, 01:26 PM   #3
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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.
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You might also try Knit Picks. You can't beat their prices! I've used their Shadow and it's great!
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Old 07-26-2006, 03:38 PM   #5
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Some of my fave shawl pattern can be found at fiber trends, too. And, Elann has some gorgeous free shawl patterns. You can also have a look here.
I also 2nd the KnitPicks suggestion for yarns :D
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Old 07-27-2006, 09:23 AM   #6
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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 and even KnitPicks for a free pattern.

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