Manly Lace Scarf

This is the Joel Bison Lace Scarf and it is considered a manly lace scarf, the colorway is definitely masculine. This is my first Lace Job following a chart, because there are no real instructions for this hat other than the chart. I am really enjoying the challenge.
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This is about row 15 lots of fun when people are trying to talk to you lol!



QueerJoe's picture

I have to say, I avoided charts for a long time MUCH preferring written text instructions.

Then when I decided I had to knit a Niebling, I had no choice (practically...there are a few with all written instructions...but none that I wanted to knit).

I have since come to MUCH prefer charts.

My latest "man's lace scarf" design was published with both text and chart directions so folks could have the option.

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I know and I have it in my offline queue with some Toots LeBlanc yarn to make it, maybe twice.

Darrel's picture

Toots LeBlanc! Oooh cher, if dat don't soun' Cajun...

Question about Pattern: I see you've made it work, and it looks real nice. The pattern it has a square [5] with a number in it. I wanted to bounce this off of you and see if I understand it correctly. When you get to that square in the pattern, just consider it means, in [5] this case, k5. or if it as [7] it would mean K7, unless the wrong side then P5, or P7 respectiviely, is that right?

And, how would you start the decreases for the top of the hat, I don't see that built into the pattern. Maybe I'm missing it?


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whenever there are brakets it symbolizes the nu,bers of stitches including the stitch in brackets to perform, [5] mean 5 purls or knit stitches. YOu have to remember that you read the right side rows from right to left and the ws or wrong side rows from left to right. This is not a pattern for a hat is for a Scarf. Which hat pattern are you talking about CHip?

Aaronknits's picture

Some of the scarf patterns in "Arctic Lace" are totally suitable for men. Especially if they're done in the natural qiviut colors! I can't afford qiviut, but I do have some lovely chocolate brown alpaca that I may just make something for myself with!

I have been avoiding charts like the swine flu for the longest time, but after seeing nothing BUT charts in the last few lace books I purchased, I figured I'd have to get over it sooner or later. So far, so good!

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I got some lovely ALpaca from Toots LeBlanc Jacob/Alpaca/Mohair that is to die for. I will be using it when I make Joe's designed Scarf.

ronhuber's picture

It looks lovely, Andy.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Great lacework, Andy. I have come to prefer charts for lace as it makes it more visual when you are trying to catch mistakes. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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MMario's picture

I like charts for DESIGNING lace - but prefer to knit it off written.

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Good point, MMario. I've used both ways - of course - but I have to agree with QueerJoe's comment that the best patterns offer both chart and written. I finally learned to read charts when it was the only way to work out of ''Anna'' magazine and "Heirloom Knitting". Still, it was worth it...proved I could learn new skills. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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I definitely have to agree with you there Joe, thatis how I have been able to fix some of the mistakes. I have caught them before going to the next row. then looking at the chart.

beknitted's picture

I love knitting lace! While at first it really takes a lot of focus and chart following (much easier than written for me), after a while it becomes this wonderful meditation and you learn to see what it is that you've done to the point that instructions of any kind are just a prompt for what your fingers already sort of know. I say this for more repetitive lace patterns, but the freedom you find when you understand what all the machinations actually do - and can recognize them in the fabric - is a great thing. Among the many lace scarves and shawls I've made, I did a couple of circular Shetland shawls (a la Elizabeth Zimmerman) and once I learned how to insert my own patterns, it was a LOT of fun. I took it with me on holiday in St. Maarten and found lots of time to just enjoy the free-form patterning while working on it on the beach. I had lots of conversations about what I was working on, but I wonder now if it was because I was knitting lace on a beach in the Caribbean or because I was nude while doing it. Hmm.... ;-)