Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New member needs pattern help

So glad to join all of you!

Right away I need help! Last night UPS brought me my 2 little balls of Misti Alpaca (437 yds ea, seafoam color) and when I finally settled down to knit -- the pattern I had been planning to use had disappeared. Please help me find something in a hurry. I have a few lace bks and lots of downloaded patterns but nothing jumps up and wants me to use it. My object is 1) to learn to feel more comfortable about using charts 2) not get bogged down in a large project right now 3) end up with a beautiful something that will cover my shoulders. Any suggestions? I have done quite a few feather and fan patterns so I want to try to do something else.

Thank you, lace knitters, your lovely work inspires and intimidates me.


Blogger Cynder said...

May I suggest Kiri

It was the second shawl that I knit, and is well written with easy to follow charts. The shawl is triangle shaped, and two balls of Misti Alpaca (ohh, what color are you using?) will be more than enough

8:11 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

What about Evelyn Clark's 'Swallowtail shawl' in the Fall 2006 issue of Interweave Knits? It's chart based, but it's not overly complicated, and youre two balls of yarn should leave you with a bit left over.

I also think that Kiri is a good idea for the same reasons that cynder suggests, plus it gives you a lot of time to memorize the one chart.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Felicia said...

Kiri is also my suggestion. If you're looking for a free pattern, you can't beat it. It's a fast knit, and I was able to memorize the pattern repeats quickly.

My other suggestion-- is the Flower Basket Shawl. You can get the pattern from most LYS's for about $6, or you can find a friend who has the 2004 Winter Interweave Knits with the pattern in it. Not too difficult, and you have enough yarn to make it.

You can also pay a couple of bucks at Knit Picks, and download the Adamas Shawl pattern. It has the same basic structure of Kiri, and you certainly have enough yarn to knit that lace as well.

Felicia aka

4:20 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

The first piece of 'proper' lace I did, after lots of Feather and Fan, was Evelyn Clark's Shetland Triangle, from Wrap Style. Mine was in Jamieson's Iceberg, so I love the sound of your Seafoam. I loved doing it, and I still feel clever every time I look at it. It's very like the Flower Basket, and I reckon whatever Evelyn Clark pattern you have handy would be a good one to start with. Good luck :)

4:56 AM  
Blogger Rosa said...

My first lace pattern is Flower Basket Shawl, which I am currently working on. I think many of Evelyn Clark's patterns are great for beginners: Lace Leaf, Shetland Triangle, etc. I have 3 of her patterns on hand to use.

Or you can look at Diamond Fantasy Shawl. Also Forest Canopy Shawl are great patterns that I am considering in the future. Good luck.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Anni said...

a lot of people recommend 'Forest canopy shawl' but I've not knitted it yet, it looks easy though. Don't have the link but google it and it'll come up. Have a look in any knitting magazines yo uahve. Interweave Knits quite of ten have good shawls. And do a search on and

10:22 AM  
Blogger Rachael said...

I am currently making the forest canopy shawl as my first true lace pattern in Knitpicks oregon coast lace weight & I'm finding it easy to keep track of where I am & the instructions are good.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

I wouldn't recommend Swallowtail Shawl for a new lace knitter, because the nupps in it are rather difficult. But if you want to try it, you have more than enough yarn. I made it last fall with Misti Alpaca in seafoam. It look less than one ball. it's also a very quick knit.

Kiri would be good, I think. Or one of Evelyn Clark's patterns, such as the Flower Basket shawl. Her patterns are very well written.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Fon said...

The Kiri and Evelyn Clark seem to be the best choices. I did actually make a trip to town to have Office Depot enlarge the charts for both the Kiri and the Swallowtail! I have also found two other patterns -- one in the new Victorian Lace Today book but they do not have "real" charts.(Maybe I'll do them anyway in my "spare" time!)

Thank all of you who answered my post, you are so kind and welcoming to a "lace newbie".


8:20 PM  

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