I also am a begginner and was looking for a shawl pattern to suit my skills as well as a gorgeous ball of Fleece Artist yarn I had picked up almost a year ago but was almost afraid to use!
There is a pattern on this summer’s Knitty called Wisp.
It seems versatile and beautiful and while I am only about 18 rows into the pattern, I can tell you that it looks harder than it is! It’s EASY! This is my first lace project and my first time working in such a beautiful yarn: Fleece Artist “Goldiehair” (56% Kid, 24% Silk, 20% Nylon - 500m/125g) in the colorway “Jester” - Which is knitting up a little heavier looking than the yarn shown in the pattern, but still is looking lovely.
To make this shawl you will have to first interpret the pattern, which for me a newbie seemed a little complicated. It may help to read it several times before you begin. I even drew a picture.
You will also need to learn to YO and k2tog. Both of which you can learn from the videos on this site.
YO - at the very bottom right of the page.
ktog - At the very top Left of the page.
I am knitting this on clover bamboo needles and am having some difficulty because they aren’t sharp enough to k2tog (you have to knit 2 stitches at once) so you may want to consider some pointy needles for this one.
Seriously. I started this shawl and wondered whay I had been afraid of lace. :happydancing: