All this talk about lace (and blocking lace) has gotten me itching for a new project (despite the fact that I have a million other projects I need to be working on, and I’m working more than 40 hours a week for the summer- Wheee!).
I usually am not terribly girly with my clothes. You can find me more often in flannel and jeans than dresses and lace. But, I admit- I’m a sucker for a gorgeous lace shawl.
There’s something fantastically satisfying about knitting up something beautiful and complicated- especially with beads. Lace shawls drape amazingly and are simply gorgeous. I don’t even wear most of the ones I’ve made over the years. I have several hanging on my walls as art.
And when I’ve had a bad day, I love ogling lace shawl patterns, and lusting after skeins of luxury lace yarn at my local yarn shop.
Every year when the sun starts shining and the flowers are all in bloom, I get an itch to knit up something light and lacy. It’s a particularly odd compulsion, since, as a rule, I am neither light nor lacy. I’m usually dead practical and more a fan of cables and garter stitch than openwork. But, there it is. Who am I to judge the whims of the knitting gods?
Let’s feed the lace-knitting monster, and take a look around Ravelry for some pretty lacy shawls.
Indian Feathers by Alina Appasov features beads along the edge for extra drapiness and sparkle.
Annis by Susanna IC is an interestingly shaped shawl, that’s actually closer to a scarf. It’s a good mix between pretty lace-weight elegance, and the practicality of a scarf.
Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark is one of my favorite shawls. I’ve actually knit it up a couple times. The all-over pattern in the body of the shawl is to die for, and the lily-of-the-valley motif on the edge is just gorgeous (and it includes nupps, which are my absolute favorite specialty stitch).