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Gail Lace Shawl in Carnation Pink Cashmere

Carnation Pink Cashmere Lace Weight from Silk City Fibers

Carnation Pink Cashmere Lace Weight from Silk City Fibers

One of my close friends had a milestone birthday last year. Since it was close to our wedding, I promised her a hand knit lace shawl within a year. I taped a piece of the lace weight cashmere to my card. It’s carnation pink just like the color of the Crayola Crayon. 

 

I have spent a lot of time looking through my lace knitting books, the web and Ravelry for ideas. Earlier this week, I was inspired by a photo of the Gail aka Nightsong Shawl on Ravelry. Further, it’s a free knitting pattern which takes about 450 yards to make. Since my yarn, bought as a mill end at Silk City Fibers, is too thin to measure, I am guessing based on comparison with the ball of Lacy Alpaca by Classic Elite.

The shawls on Ravelry are beautiful although there are a few comments on the pattern. It is an interesting triangle in that it doesn’t have a plain stitch running down the center of the spine. The one difficulty I encountered was the fact that there are a couple of rows where there is a double yarn over. Of course, had I read the instructions all the way through, I would have realized that I needed to use a knit and purl combination on the reverse side. Despite a few mis-starts, it’s relatively easy to follow and I am making slow progress due to the delicate nature of the yarn.

 

Nightsong Lace Shawl in Carnation Pink Cashmere Lace Weight

Nightsong Lace Shawl in Carnation Pink Cashmere Lace Weight

Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief

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Starry Gift – Free Knitting Pattern

 

Classic Elite Star Wash Cloth -Free Pattern!

Classic Elite Star Wash Cloth -Free Pattern!

Classic Elite’s newsletter contains free knitting patterns. This week’s pattern is a keeper. It’s a star shaped washcloth. It’s a useful project for those leftover balls of cotton and linen (if you don’t have any of Classic Elite’s Provence).

This washcloth makes a great Christmas tree decoration that doesn’t sit in your basement most of the year. Knit up a few of these stars and keep them for that last minute tree trimming party.

Alternatively, it makes a wonderful house warming gift with a few bars of your favorite soap.

Photo source: Classic Elite Yarns (www.ClassicEliteYarns.com)

Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief

Black Lace Shawl for Mom

Did you feel the earth change course recently? It was my mother. After watching me knit several lace shawls and my asking if she wanted me to knit her one, my mother finally asked me for a black scarf! It turns out that she had wanted to spiff up an outfit with a scarf which are all the rage this season. In the process, she discovered that she didn’t have a black one. This is somewhat surprising due to the fact that it’s at the center of every New Yorker’s wardrobe.

 

My mother’s only stipulation was that the shawl be at least six feet long. She wasn’t clear about any of the other aspects such as fiber content or width or style.

 

Knowing that I have an ever growing stash, my mother assumed that I had to have lots of black yarn hidden away that I could transform into a dazzling piece for her. Due to the difficulty of knitting with black yarn, black is a color that is scarce in my stash. Therefore, a yarn shopping adventure was needed.

 

While I had hoped to get something spectacular at Silk City Fibers, I knew that going with a mission to find a wonderful black yarn for a shawl was probably not going to be successful. I didn’t find anything that would fit my mother’s spare requirements.

Therefore, I visited Knitty City to check out their lace yarns. Since I wanted the shawl to be used for casual as well as dress wear, I preferred a fiber mix that included more than just merino. While Knitty City had a nice selection of lace weight fibers, the color black limited my options. I bought two balls Classic Elite’s Silky Alpaca Lace which is 70% alpaca and 30% silk and has 460 yards per ball.  It’s very soft and the silk gives it a great sheen like Jaggerspun’s Zephyr.

 

Silky Alpaca Lace from Knitty City in Black

Silky Alpaca Lace from Knitty City in Black