One of the Christmas gifts I got from my husband was a knitting book I really wanted: Knitted Lace of Estonia
, by Nancy Bush. It talks about the history of lace knitting in Estonia and gives several beautiful patterns for lace shawls.
Lace knitting is really anything that involves yarn-overs (yo) and decreases, creating holes arranged in a pattern. I had done a lot of things that involved these techniques, but I had never actually done lace knitting with small needles and thin yarn. I started by knitting two lace bookmarks. At first, I had to get used to working with the small needles and yarn.
This was good practice. When I got my book for Christmas, I was ready to start knitting a shawl. I chose the Queen Silvia Shawl for my first project. I have always knitted with cheap yarn, but for these shawls wool lace-weight yarn is recommended. I found some on sale at knitpicks.com, and my husband said I could get some for my birthday. I ordered white yarn for this shawl, and pink yarn for my next project: a triangular shawl from the book.
I am about 1/5 done with my shawl. For the part I am working on right now, there is a chart that shows the stitch pattern. The chart is 16 rows, and I am supposed to repeat these 16 rows 20 times. When reading from a chart, it helps me to color every other row with a different colored pencil. This makes it easier for me to follow along and not lose my place.
This is how much I have finished so far. The colored yarn at the bottom is temporary. It is holding the stitches that I will later use for making the edge.
This is what it looks like stretched out. After a lace item is finished, blocking it stretches it out, making the design more open looking. I am really excited to see what this shawl will look like when it is finished and blocked.
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