Lovely Simple Lace

Morning All, I've put down my son's herringbone scarf till he returns from university this week. He asked me not to get to far along with it until he can see it just in case he'd prefer a different stitch. So now it is sitting in the basket waiting for his OK. So what to do in the mean time. I love knitting lace. At first I was really intimidated by it. It took me a while to finally realized it was just simple stitches I already knew and counting was key. If you've never knitted lace before I'd encourage you to try. Lace is lovely. Last night I started a lace scarf for my wife with the silky cashmere I bought yesterday. The yarn is the light blue Silky Cashmere Fingerling (color 68 - 55% silk, 45% Mongolian Cashmere) by Lotus Yarns, a beautiful fibre. My wife ask for a simple pattern and for lace you can not get much simpler than this. The repeat is *yo, k2tog, k2*! So the pattern is: US Size 3 needles Cast on 40. Knit 4 rows. Row 1 - k4, *yo, k2tog, k2* repeat across, end k4. Repeat row 1 until piece is desired length. K4 rows. Bind off all stitches. Block piece. Lace does not get any simpler than that and it is something everyone can do. If you've never given lace a try, this is a good project to get you going and build confidence so in the future you will feel more confident with more challenging patterns. This pattern is a quick knit and does not require much concentration. Why not give it a try for your next knitting endeavor. JRob

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Nehkhasi's picture

I love when I open pictures and they make me smile immediately and this did! Great beginning and I look forward to seeing it finished! :-)


CLABBERS's picture

Very nice pattern. I am going to print it out and give it a try over Christmas holiday. I have some variegated yarn that might do nicely with a simple repeat. Thanks for the inspiration.

MMario's picture

Welcome to the dark side of knitting....Lace!

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Tallguy's picture

I too love knitting lace, and find it rather mindless knitting, perfect for working while watching a movie. There is nothing to it, and I need to keep my fingers moving, otherwise I fall asleep! Most lace is kind of boring to do, but it does produce intricate-looking designs, which always gets lots of oohs and ahhs! So what's not to love about it?

This very basic stitch is knows as "faggot lace". Faggot lace patterns are composed of nothing but the simplest lace-making unit: a yarn over followed (or preceded) by a decrease. A faggot grouping can also be worked as a vertical panel in an otherwise solid fabric or as a vertical panel alternating with other lace or cable panels.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice. Simple but elegant. May your dear wife have many compliments as she wears it.

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MMario's picture

A note on this pattern:
It is easily modified to have a wider "rib" or you can intersperse columns of the faggoting stitch with "plain" stocking stitch, garter stitch, or simple ribs...

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