Time for lace!

I like to watch Project Runway, and while I'm in no way a fashion guru, as my wardrobe would quickly reveal, I'd say this is the closest I've gotten in my lace knitting to sportswear (looks, not function).

It's a rather heavy worsted weight yarn--Lamb's Pride Worsted, to be exact. I've been itching for some time to knit this color up into lace. As I neared the border, I realized I probably wouldn't have enough yardage to finish, so I striped it with a couple other bits of yarn I have. The result? I'm completely delighted. I think for such a heavy yarn, it really benefits from a bold finish to make it pop.

Oh, and speaking of itch, I think the mohair in the yarn is a wee bit itchy, but I think I can get used to it. Heck, people used to wear much worse stuff back in the day. I'm really surprised at how nicely the Lambs Pride blocked out. I only knit this on size 8 needles. I love lace blocking. Love it. And this one was one of the easiest projects for blocking, due to the points on two sides and eyelets on the straight edge. Just stuck my blocking wires through the eyelets and through the tips of the points, and voila! Lace!

I'm also including a few pics of hats I've made for Kyle's Operation Gratitude drive. It's not too late to jump on the wagon!

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smalltownknitguy's picture

Love all of them. Where did you get the patterns. Would love to try them.

WillyG's picture

The hat by its lonesome is the Hill Country Hat from Clara Parkes' The Knitter's Book of Wool. The light grey hat is Claudia, and is a free pattern on ravelry, while the black one is Stephen West's Windschief for 6 dollars.


Spicemanknit's picture

These are some nice hats. Did you work this hat/pattern on DPN?

WillyG's picture

I think I ended up using DPNs for one of the hats, and two circular needles for the others. It depended on what was handy...I don't have a full library of DPNs, and it's even hard to track them down, sometimes. :)

DeceptiveCookie's picture

When I first saw it on Ravelry I was like "Why does that stitch pattern look familiar?" Then I realized it's the 198 Yards of Heaven Shawlette, only supersized! Looks fabulous!

Everytime I click on my People tab it just seems like you have something new off the needles already!

WillyG's picture

Yeah, it is 198 yds of heaven! Oops, sorry for not mentioning that. It's kinda weird calling it that when it's more like 400plus yards. I wanted to include it in the 10 shawls in 2010 contest, so I needed more meterage.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice work, Willy. It just goes to show that lace needn't be worked with "toothpicks and string" [to paraphrase a friend of mine]. I had a very effective shawl worked up in bulky weight on size 15 needles, using Feather and Fan as the edging. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

WillyG's picture

I did one lace project with superbulky yarn, and it didn't block out too well. Maybe I didn't use big enough needles, but I think the yarn was just too fat to hold its shape. Other than that, I'd say lace can be pretty versatile. It's definitely fun, whether you like a heavy or light fabric. If knitting is like magic (thanks, Yarn Harlot), then lace is ... double magic. Sorry, I couldn't come up with anything better.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Sounds great to me. Good description. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Kerry's picture

Great work.

MMario's picture

Willy - you do great work.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Aaronknits's picture

It can't be said enough. That edge is brilliant!

WillyG's picture

You guys are great. Thanks!

WillyG's picture

Oh, and for anyone making it out to the men's fall knitting retreat...send all my love!

TheKnittingMill's picture

Willy the shawl is AWESOME! The colors are great and I like your use of the worsted. The hats are groovy as well!