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Knitting Lace

Knitting Lace

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Published by: Yamamoto Totoro on Jun 27, 2010
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Lace knitting. The very phrase evokes clouds of soft finery,light enough to pass through the proverbial wedding ring.Our grandmother's grandmother knit lace, in Estonia, Rus-sia, Ireland, France; we see examples of fine lace knittingin museums and we gasp at the beauty and at the skill andpatience required to call forth thousands of intricate stitcheson needles no wider than a toothpick.And yet, look around—lace knitting is not relegated only todusty cases in museums, or faded photographs in historybooks. Lace knitting is now vibrant, and modern, and morepopular than ever! Today, everything from hats to sweatersincorporates the beauty of knitted lace; knitting one's firstlace scarf or shawl has become a rite of passage in the knit-ting community, with thousands of knitters on the internetready to mentor the next wave of knitters as they discoverthe joy of making holes in their knitting.In this collection, I've tried to capture the range and versatil-ity that is lace knitting today—you'll find here everythingfrom a super-simple scarf with a one-row lace pattern to anintricate shawl that grew out of Iceland's rich fiber tradi-tions. There's a simple hat with lace motifs knitted out of sock yarn; a pair of lacy fingerless gloves, a cardigan designedaround the beloved feather-and-fan pattern; and of course,two perennial favorites: a popular triangular lace shawl andan easy rectangular lace scarf.There are patterns for long-time lace knitters and for a knit-ter looking for his or her very first lace knitting project; thereare patterns using fine yarns and chunky; there are quick giftlace knitting projects and projects that, once completed, willbe heirlooms for future generations.They say that once you've tried lace knitting, you fall in loveforever. I know I have—have you?Enjoy!Sandi WiseheartEditor,
Sandi Wiseheart
Tammy Beard
Chris Hartlove
(unless otherwise noted)
Gayle Ford
Projects and information are for inspirationand personal use only.
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Icelandic Lace Shawl
design by Sigrídur Halldórsdóttiradapted by Carol Rasmussen Noble
Originally published
Piecework Magazine
, July/August 1996
Called the Thórdís shawl, the original of this traditional Icelandic shawl is part of the Icelandic Craft Council’scollection of textiles. It is thought to have been knitted by Thórdís Egilsdóttir, a resident of a small fishingvillage on the west coast of Iceland well known for her craftsmanship with handspun yarns. She used very fine
(the fine, soft undercoat of the Icelandic sheep) in natural white and shades of moraut (soft brown). This pattern, which captures the spirit of the original, was designed by Icelandic knitter Sigrídur Halldórsdóttir and translated and adapted for
readers by Carol Noble.
Finished Size:
The finished shawl measures76 inches (193 cm) across the shoulder edgeand 37 inches (94 cm) deep at the center back.
Fingering-weight wool yarn. Shown inJaggerspun Maine Line 2/8 (100% wool; 22 40 yd [2048 m]/16 oz [454 g]): natural (white), 3½oz; graphite (dark gray) and arrowhead (gray-beige), 1 oz each; suede (medium brown) andsable (dark brown), ¾ oz each; pewter (lightgray), shale (medium gray), sand (beige), andblack, ½ oz each. Yarn available in smaller than1-lb units from Halcyon Yarn (www.halcyonyarn.com) and other suppliers.
Size 4 (3.5 mm): 32-inch (81.2-cm)circular knitting needle.
Steel crochet hook, size B/2 (2.5mm); markers (optional).
Skill Level:
Carol’s shawl is knitted in a fingering-weight yarnin natural and several dyed shades. For a moretraditional shawl, you may wish to use Icelandiclace-weight yarn spun from Icelandic wool.Use stitch markers between pattern repeats andat center back if desired.Carol originally suggested the two-needle chain
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