Lightening up with Lace

May 2nd, 2014 § 0 comments

Spring and summer are times of lightening up, shedding layers, and embracing the warmer days ahead.  It stands to reason then, that knitting should also “lighten up” during these sunny months.  Its no fun dragging around a wool sweater project that weighs what feels like a metric ton in one’s bag, and making one sweat while it sits in one’s lap during knitting.  Yuck!

Enter, lace.  Lace is basically any fabric that has an open “weave” to it (or to put it in low-brow terms: has holes in it 😉 ).  According to the Lace Guild, what we know as lace came into existence during the 16th Century CE.  For knitters and crocheters, lace is fast and fun and can be very simple to OMG complex depending on the person’s skill level.  Here’s and example of “easy lace” (based on a Ravelry pattern search):

Bias Scarf – easy lace (skill level 1 out of 10)

And here’s and example of OMG-I’m-losing-my-sanity-so-complex! lace:

Lilie tablecloth (skill level 9 or 10 out of 10)

And yet, both of these projects utilize the same lace components to make an airy fabric that is just gorgeous.  Knitting, purling, increase/decrease, and Yarn Overs (or YO for you non-knitting folk) is all you really need to make this fabric.

I self-identify as an intermediate knitter, but I didn’t want to put my head through the wall with a complicated lace project.  I wanted something that would be kind of instant-gratification-like and chose to make an infinity scarf for my dear friend Lalla.  Truth be told, Lalla was over at my house for tea and saw a skein of stunning Indigo Dragonfly Italian silk lace that she draped around her neck.  I knew it was game-over when she co-oped the yarn….I would have to knit something for her.  But really, I don’t mind because the colour looked amazing on her skin tone.  I simply had to knit her something.

Here’s the finished project as it was blocking:

Lace cowl blocking for maximum awesomeness!

And here’s a few on Lalla herself:

Infinity cowl – single drapey loop

Cowl doubled over for maximum warmth

Lalla absolutely loves her infinity scarf and has been wearing it almost daily and showing it off to everyone.  Huzzah!

Project Notes:

  • Pattern name: Palessie Cowl by Diana Rozenshteyn (paid pattern on Ravelry)
  • Yarn used: Indigodragonfly Silk D’Italia in Baldersquash colourway
  • Yardage out: 308 yards (with points for stashdown – huzzah!)
  • Needles: 3.75mm 24″ circular needles
  • Total days of knitting: 23 days
  • Skills employed: basic lace with grafting (Kitchener stitch) in pattern.
  • Project page here


I’m still working on the neverending rib project, and hope to finish the first mitt this weekend (hmm, perhaps I’m being optimistic) and get on with the second mitt.  I’m trying to be project-monogamous these days to ensure I carry out to completion my projects…but sometimes its nice to think about (or work on) other projects.  The next project that I will be working on will be a fingering weight sweater for myself, but more on that later.

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