Thursday, 3 December 2009

Knitting by Candle Light

I love knitting lace but over the last couple of years I've discovered that much as I like the idea of it, I don't enjoy using laceweight. I do love sock yarn though and there are so many beautiful yarns out there. I always think that it's a shame to hide them away in your shoes though. If you buy something that pretty, why not show it off?
So, this is a little something that I've been working on for a while and when the lovely ladies from my knitting group offered to test knit my latest pattern, who was I to say no? So with extra thanks to Christine for knitting and modeling the two versions pictured, I bring you my Candle Light Shawl.
I designed it to be made from one 100g skein of yarn, you know one of those pretty indie dyed ones that we all love (mine included!). Why hide it when you can wrap yourself up in it and show it off? It's quite a simple lace pattern to remember and so it's a great pattern even if you're just starting out knitting lace. Maybe I'm overdoing the enthusiasm a little but it's my pattern and I do rather like it, I hope you will too. If you want to knit it yourself you can buy the pattern for £2.50 through Ravelry. Here's a little link that should take you there, whether you're a rav user or not.

The pink version was knitted in the Natural Dye Studio Nino using 4mm needles and the pewter coloured one was made from Posh yarn Lei on 3.5mm. They're both beautiful but completely different in size. It always amazes me how much difference needle size can make to lace, personally I like to use 5mm with sock yarn as I like mine nice and open. It all comes down to personal preference though. Anyway, happy knitting :)


suse-the-slow-knitta & Baldyboi said...

they both look fab! well done you!

scarletti said...

Beautiful work, well done! 100g always seems so much more made-up like this doesn't it. BTW waht inspired the name? It conjures up all sorts of ideas.

Well done.

Annie said...

OMG, this is sooooooooooooo gorgeous!!! You've done an awesome job!

Violetstone said...

How amazing, I was looking for just such a lace project. I am currently trying a scarf in laceweight. It's the first time I've used laceweight and I am finding it slow going. This is beautiful and if you assure me as a lace beginner that I can do it I will buy your pattern and try it.