Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lace Knitting

I've been starting, planning, testing and doing a lot of lace knitting recently. I thought I'd share some of it with you. All works in progress at the moment.

First up is a shawl I am making with a huge load of alpaca tweed I have. I cast on 5 stitches and used simple yarn over increases. Every 4th row I am doing yarn over/k2 together to make the holes. When I feel like it I make one of those into an increase row. I love the look of it but as yet have no idea what it will look like when it is finished or who it is for. I am guessing it will finish up as a simple triangular shawl. The yarn is lovely to work with and I am using an addi lace circular to knit with and I am loving the combination.

Next up is some Rowan Kidsilk Spray I bought in a sale. I was attracted to the colour and didn't really think it through. I love the idea of mohair knitting - but it really is incredibly hard to knit with. I am trying a simple scarf with lots of yarn overs to open it up. Here it is about 8 rows in and it is so slow to knit - I think I need to find some pointier and more slippery needles. Sorry about the poor photo I was having problems getting it to focus:

As I liked the pattern I was doing with the Kidsilk I decided to cast it on again with another yarn. So this is the same yarn but on bigger needles and with a really different yarn - this is 100% silk from Louisa Harding - an absolute dream to knit with. I can see this being finished long before the blue. Again apologies for the lack of photo-focus!

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