Beginner’s Lace Shawl
New to lace shawl knitting?
For those of us already addicted, it seems hard to believe that there is anyone who hasn’t already knit one . (Oh okay, maybe not Sarah Lund, She’s too busy solving murders and wearing proper sweaters.) However, we at Loop know that there are new knitters learning all the time. New Knitters who don’t want an overwhelming project. Shawls are perfect.
The Beginner’s Lace Shawl is designed for the knitter who has never knit a triangular lace shawl before and wants a simple pattern to help them understand the basics.
It is also a useful pattern if you have some precious yarn that you want to use every last bit of. The shawl can be finished when you are down to your last few grams.
Knitters should already be able to:
Knit & purl
Make Stockinette (st st) and garter stitch
Be familiar with increasing using Yarn overs (yo) and decreasing by knitting two stitches (k2tog) together.
Weave in yarn end
Knitters will learn to:
Select yarn and needle size
Make a tab cast on, which is a common way of beginning triangular lace shawls
Make a simple lace stitch with yarn over increases and centre stitch decreases
Follow a graph chart for lace knitting
Understand pattern symbols and abbreviations (This pattern is written with many of the full instructions with abbreviations in brackets afterwards, to help you get used to following abbreviations).
Cast off loosely so that the edge has room to expand
Block and dress the lace to complete it
Tools and materials
Circular knitting needles, one or two sizes larger than listed on the ball band. Ideally a range of needle sizes is best in order to sample. Circular needles are preferred over straight needles because they can hold a large number of stitches.
T-pins (20+) and a large piece of cardboard or foam for blocking. Blocking wires make blocking shawls easier, but are not essential
The Beginner’s Lace Shawl made with 100g of Isager Tvinni yarn
There are two versions of the pattern available free to download and print:
N.B. These two versions have now been updated with corrections to the errata October 2015 – Happy Knitting!
The Beginner’s Lace Shawl Full Version gives you details and tips if you are new to triangular lace shawl knitting.
The Beginner’s Lace Shawl Short Version is shorter for printing if you are already familiar with lace shawl knitting.
~ Juju at Loop
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