I swatched this lace pattern several times before deciding on the right needles and yarn weight. The lace stitch isn't particularly difficult, but it is worked on both right and wrong side rows, so it involves some concentration. I knew I didn't want to have to concentrate that much during the whole shawl, so I cast on and worked in stockinette stitch and garter stitch for most of it. The garter stitch picks up nicely on the garter ridges found in the lace. I finished the shawl with two full tiers of the lace and think it's just enough to satisfy my need for a challenge and provide the detail I wanted.
Working with this stitch solidified for me how much I love working from charts. Charts terrified me at first, but I learned to read them by writing them myself. Anytime I swatched a new lace pattern, I charted it first and, in doing that, I learned how the stitches should align and how to read my knitting. That process has made knitting lace much less daunting and really enjoyable for me.
Details on the shawl are below. The pattern is charted but also includes written row by row instructions for those who prefer that. It's light and airy, warm but not cumbersome. It's a great transitional piece as we head into spring (or even fall).
|Andrea's Test Knit|
Blocked measurements :: 68” / 172.5 cm across by 32” / 81.5 cm deep
Preblocked measurements :: 52” / 132 cm across by 24.5” / 62 cm deep
2 skeins Knitpicks Shadow Tonal in Goldrush; 440 yds / 402 m per 1.7 oz / 50 g skein; 100% merino wool
Note about yarn choice: Shadow Tonal has been discontinued, but Knitpicks still carries Shadow. Shadow is a lace/light fingering weight yarn. A fingering yarn may be used also, although you may want to go up a needle size or two. This sample took approximately 800 yards of yarn.
Needles & Notions
Size 7 US / 4.5 mm 40” / 102 cm circular needles
2 stitch markers
17 sts and 30 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette stitch using Size 7 US / 4.5 mm needles, after blocking
Gauge is not critical for this pattern.
Thank you to my tech editor, Katherine Vaughn, and to my test knitters Andrea, Tina, Agnieszka, and Merrilie.