First Attempt at Lace

I decided to try my hands at lace, and make a shawl as a Mother's Day gift. While there was problem after problem with making it (starting with not realizing the yarn I mail ordered was variegated rather than solid), I think it turned out well in the end.

Even though the pattern is "beginner lace," there was a lot of blood (Knit Picks options are sharp!), sweat (well, I live in Arizona, it is to be expected), and profanity (I'm a man, I don't cry) that went into the making of it. Despite all that, it was still enjoyable to work on a different kind of knitting. I want to make another shawl, but I'd rather not have a time limit when I do. This one was fairly stressful, as I felt that I had to work on it even when I really wasn't in the mood.

The technical stuff (very Knit Picks-y):

Yarn: Knit Picks "Shimmer" (30% silk, 70% baby alpaca) in shade "Turquoise Splendor"

Pattern: Knit Picks Triangle Cover Shawl (not a free pattern, but inexpensive)

Needles Knit Picks Options, US #5, 40" cable.

Well, off to work on a Father's Day gift now....

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kylewilliam's picture

are you kidding? this is a "beginner's" pattern? eek. I am almost thinking I could swing it if they call it beginner but zowee it looks intricate and beautiful! good job!!! this (or something similar to it) needs to get on my "things to make" list!




Celowin's picture

The pattern itself doesn't rank itself as "beginner," and obviously such terms are flexible. Comparing it to other lace patterns I've looked at, I consider it to be beginner for two reasons: 1. It is worked flat. There is no need to worry about switching between dpns and ever increasing circulars. 2. There is no edging. The border is just garter stitch, as opposed to some of the really intricate borders of Victorian lace.

Anyway, thanks for the compliments! I think you should give it a try, it really isn't difficult. More than anything, it just takes concentration and perseverence.

RCC's picture

Beautiful! After looking at this shawl I've decided that making a shawl is going further down on my list....something that I can attempt when I see a pattern that will be much easier! You are to be commended for such a wonderful Mother's Day gift........such a lucky mother!


Celowin's picture

Thank you! The package arrived at my mother's place today, and she decided to open it early. She loves it.

I don't think that you should move a shawl further down your list, though. I figure that if I can manage to make one, pretty much anyone can. Seriously, it looks a lot more complicated than it is.

YarnGuy716's picture

It does look lovely, bravo! I'm at the edging part of my Pi Shawl that I started in a Lace Shawl Workshop. With 576 sts on the needle it will require 1152 rows of garter edging. I've done about 300 so far. My goal is to have to done and dressed (blocked) for the September guild meeting. But then I have lace weight yarn for 2 other projects in my stash...

Celowin's picture

1152 rows of edging? Yipes! I guess that is another reason to classify mine as beginner level... there were never more than 350 stitches on the needles, and the final garter border was only 12 rows deep.

I certainly understand having lace weight for other projects, though. I currently have 1750 yards of a baby blue "alpaca with a twist" that is searching for a home, and a pound of green "Maine Line" that is begging to be used for a Shetland Tea Shawl, if only I can find the time.

MMario's picture

Looks great to me! I like the watery effect of the varigation behind the strong geometric of the lace itself.

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kiwiknitter's picture

Stunning! I like the pattern and love the colour effects. You did a fantastic job with it. Congrat's!

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Tallguy's picture

Lace is very simple to do. Like all knitting, you can only work with two points at a time, and usually one stitch at a time. Most lace has simple stitches on the front, and plain knitting (or purling) on the back. Nothing to think about, really.

All you have to do is follow a pattern. After a few rows, it all makes sense, and sort of falls into place, simple logic, and you don't even have to think much at all. Lace is very plain simple knitting. Knitting ribbing is somewhat more difficult.

Celowin's picture

Yes, exactly. I never got to the point where I could stop referring to the pattern, though. At the start of each RS row, I would take a few seconds to memorize the 24 stitch repeat. By the end, I had figured out enough that it only took a glance, but I never felt confident enough in my understanding to try it without referring to the chart at all.

Kerry's picture

Congraulations! What a great job you've done. And the variegated yarn works well with the pattern.

Celowin's picture

I wish I could take credit for the choice of yarn, but when I ordered it I thought I was ordering a solid turquoise. In fact, to the very end, I was considering that a huge flaw in the work. Since complettion, I've had enough people (especially women, whose opinion matters more) tell me that they like the flow of colors that I have to accept it as being better this way. I guess fate knows better than I do....