Sunday, September 22, 2013

Learning Lace Work



Since the last summer I've started (re)learning something I've wanted long time: Knitting Lace. A while ago I've done  just a piece or two lacework (I don't really remember what I knit exactly. Well, obviously I didn't really get into it then.) but this time I get rather serious about it and go for it again. One thing I remeber is doing YOs and counting stitches were so troublesome that I had to pull my hair out almost every other row. So, I decided to put it away little while until I am ready to take a next level (and hopefully soon). Oh, well. It took roughly almost 10 years for me to have a gut for starting over. Yes, it is incredibly long ago I admit but I am glad I decided to rediscover lacework. I learned it is fun and most of all, the finished project looks nicely surprising.


For the safe attempt I chose this simple yet interesting scarf from Ravelry: Feather and Fan Short Scarf. I needed something easy to follow but still the finished product is charming enough that I might discover further and do more lacework. I think this was a perfect call I made.


I didn't have a yarn called for this project but instantly felt one ball of delicate linen yarn I'd been saving for some special project could make it work. Still this was so new to me. First time using fingering weight yarn, first time using 100% pure linen yarn and.. ALMOST first time to do glamorous lacework. Hoping it went well (at least okay) I ackwardly and nerversely started YOs. Always tough at the firtst row as we all know, but it got better and smoother as the knit went.
  
 
I forgot to take photos in the middle of my knitting so sadly I don't have work-in-progress photos to share with you, but I confess it didn't look good at the beginning. Actually it got so crinkly and wringkly I had hard time to keep going. I wondered if it wolud ever make it. Around 6th row I finally started seeing the texture being recognizable and the garment  grow pretty nicely. I also started to memorize the pattern and develop my rythm for handling needles and the yarn. How fun, finally!
 

So I guess my little practice turned out pretty successfully. I think I am going to knit this again with different yarns later. Considering such small attention and effort I invested this piece turned out little too marvelous!

What's next? I am not sure yet. But, I think I have little more confidence now. So what about a big fancy shawl then? Am I going too crazy? Well, we will see. I might find something just for my level but looking just lovely!

Happy stitching every one!
 

16 comments:

little olive said...

I think it turned out beautiful! I love the color. I remember my first lace work, I thought it would never end but if you push through and are patient, the result is always worth the hard work, cross eyes and literally tears when you realize you missed a yarn over somewhere :)

Hattie Tavares said...

Lovely! I did something similar for my first lace scarf as well. And one thing to remember is lace always looks horrible until you block it and then it's like magic, transforming! I love lace, it's one of my favorite things to knit. :)

Windybrook Spinner said...

So pretty! How exciting to try a new knitting technique. Nicely done.

Dame en noir said...

yeah!!
congratulations! it's a great job :-)
I'm addicted to lace knitting, and I can promise you that it's only a matter of patience. I usually follow my chart and note each row (so when I put aside my WIP and take it back, I exactly know where I am).Once you know how to make a YO, a SSk and a K2tog, you know all you need to knit wonderful lace projects. And the final result is always astonishing. I hope you won't stop now, your first lace project is wonderful!

Camille said...

Tha's a very fine and elegant work! congratulations!

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Frances Clements Fawcett said...

Hooray and congratulations on your first lace project. It's delightful!

Your post and photos have inspired me to pick up a skein of delicate yarn and get back into it...seems like I've been gravitating to bulkier weight yarn for that quick knit fix. ; )

Sending a hello from Yes and Yay HQ

Frances

...Fabricole said...

Beautiful!

Anna Prasad said...

It's gorgeous. I love the delicacy of it.

Narukerä said...

Beautiful lace work. And a very very lovely shawl. You have some really gorgeous projects done.

I just found your blog by ravelry, and fell in love. Very nice pics and good atmosphere here. I'll be for sure coming back! ;)

Anonymous said...

Lovely lace =) So pretty! I Allso love your needle holders! Iikku

Jill Ash said...

You've done a great job here, congratulations on having the patience and determination to keep going :)
Jilly

Delighted Hands said...

Very lovely results on the scarf! It is amazing what lace patterns can do to our knitting!

Seikku said...

Very beautiful scarf!

öznur said...

waww very beautiful

Obsidian Kitten said...

Good for you for coming back to the lace! I had the same experience (gave up on lace my first try and went back to it) -- now I really enjoy it. Can't wait to see more!