Concentrating on a complex project can actually be very relaxing. Focus chases every other thought and worry out of your mind. Ahh, can you feel it? Lace knitting fits the bill nicely. Complicated lace patterns can seem daunting but you know that you can't think about anything else while you're knitting them. And if your mind wanders, well you know what happens, rip, rip. Even half an hour of concentrated effort can settle your mind and advance your lace project. I find it stops the little squirrel that runs around my brain dead in it's tracks and gives me a rest. And at the end I have a lovely lace garment, bonus!!
I am intrigued by the lace scarves I'm beginning to see worked in heavier yarns. How would any of the lace shawl patterns you have now look if worked in heavy yarn on really big needles? Mary's shawl lends itself to this experiment since it begins at the bottom point and can be cast off at any time. We also took the Evening with Eden shawl pattern and worked it as a "sofa shawl" in chunky weight wool, The Eden Afghan.
Crescent scarves and shawls are in a class by themselves. Most intriguing and really fun to knit. They start with the Cast On and you get to jump right into the lace work. You are then blocking out the Cast On edge for the points. Here is a video I made for a really Loose Cast On.
Video for Loose Cast On for Crescent Scarf patterns.
The Crescent Scarf begin with the Loose Cast On which is in the Video and work the lace first. Then you can relax and finish with stocking stitch to make it a crescent shape. This scarf can be working in DK weight yarn for a really quick knit or in fingering weight for something light and breezy. I wrote this up as a workshop to learn how to read lace charts.
These are knit in cotton/acrylic blend Saucon Fingering
Available as a download at Patternfish.com: The Crescent Scarf For printed copy email: email@example.com What would this look like in chunky weight yarn??
Mary's Scarf/Shawl begins at the bottom point so that you can knit to the exact size you like. You can knit a scarf or a full size shawl. You can add on the fringe at the end if you wish. This is a lace pattern with patterning on both Right Side and Wrong Side rows with a couple of decreases where you purl through the back loop.
Available as a download from Patternfish.com Mary's Scarf/Shawl For printed copy email: firstname.lastname@example.org Being able to stop at any point opens up possibilities, doesn't it??
Evening with Eden is a lace stole worked in fingering, DK or worsted weight yarn. It looks different in each weight of yarn but always elegant, with or without the fringe.
Available as a download at Patternfish.com: Evening in Eden For printed copy email: email@example.com
And does it work in chunky weight yarn? Yes it does, as The Eden Afghan.
The Eden Afghan is the same stitch pattern as the Evening in Eden lends itself to a really fun knit in chunky weight yarn for a "sofa shawl".
Available as a download from Patternfish.com The Eden Afghan Being able to stop at any point opens up possibilities, doesn't it??
The Need An Accessory book gives you many, many accessories to knit: mittlets, mittens, hats, infinity scarves, cowls, bags and capelet. You can choose one of the stitch patterns and knit several garments for a "set": hat & mittens, capelet and mittlets, cowl and mittens, infinity scarf & mittlets. You can even work with your own favourite stitch pattern.
Available as download from Patternfish.com Need An Accessory
Printed copy: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's another sneak peek at the Need A Circular Yoke? book.
Need A Circular Yoke?
The newest book in the Cabin Fever multi-gauge series.
Sizes 37" to 60" finished.
Publication date: June, 2014
Ready for summer. Cap sleeved, lace circular yoke.
Perfect for variegated yarn. Cap sleeve with simple yoke pattern.