I’m revaling it early! I hope that’s alright, it’s only 3 days, after all.
This month’s challenge will be…
[COLOR=red]A LACE PROJECT!!![/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]I think lace is great summer knitting, because it’s light and airy, and it’s also great travel knitting, for those who are on vacation, because the yarn doesn’t take up much room, and a 24" needle can easily handle 1000 stitches, loosely worked.[/COLOR]
[FONT=Verdana][SIZE=2]For your first project, start with something easy and small, like a scarf. with a simple lace repeat. When you’re finished, block it according to directions – blocking makes all the difference in lace.[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana][SIZE=2]And, in my opinion, a rectangle is the easiest shape to start with. A pattern that I think would be great for a beginning lace knitter is Cheryl Oberle’s Kimono Shawl, from her “Folk Shawls” book. It’s a rectangular shawl with garter stitch edgings that are knit as you go. The lace pattern itself is fairly easy and repeats over and over. And it’s fun to knit![/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana][SIZE=2]I’ve knit using a wide selection of yarns – no one in particular stands out, but I really prefer to use wool than any other fiber, because it blocks out sooo well![/SIZE][/FONT]
You can knit any lace project, any yarn, any needles. I would strongly suggest that you use wool, so as to be able to block it out. I’m going to include some lace patterns (mostly shawls), and most of them are knitted in laceweight, but most of them are also adaptable to any yarn, at any gauge.
There is a great selection of lace patterns here
Enjoy the challenge! I thought this challenge would give most people a chance to step out and experiment, and maybe learn a few new techniques along the way. Enjoy!