Aug 25, 2015

Rococo Socks

The ambitious design of these socks is based on one gorgeous Japanese stitch pattern - slightly adapted and simplified, but still quite intricate and complex.

The process of knitting of this pair of socks requires your complete attention on each rnd - there are absolutely NO "rest rows". And by saying "complete attention" I mean absolute concentration  - to the point where you kind of lose the sense of reality. You can't knit them and have a meaningful conversation, or even chat, you can't listen to or hear anything, and you can forget about knitting and watching or reading something at the same time. While knitting these socks, don't start heating something up on the stove or in the oven - that's going to be dangerous. So, the question is, who would be willing to go through such troubles just for a pair of socks? (It sounds silly, but I'm thinking about making one more pair with a slightly longer leg).

See this project on Ravelry.

Jul 11, 2015

An antique book with lace stitch patterns

Iwould love to share with you my recent find - an antique book "The Ladies' Guide to Elegant Lace Patterns, Etc." by Eva Marie Niles, published in 1884.

Whilst this book is technically out of print, it can be downloaded for free online. A large number of patterns from the book are also available for free online in an updated format for modern knitters.
Find it on Ravelry.

Just look at this beautiful lace stitch patterns!

Jul 9, 2015

Lace yarn for the Robin's Nest shawl

Sense the Madelinetosh has discontinued their tosh lace yarn, which I used for two of my designs - Robin's Nest and Evanston , I have decided to produce a replica of it. And here is my first one.

This fine yarn spun from the finest merino fiber. It would be ideal choice for Robin's Nest shawl. Kettle dyed it's super soft and has a slightly variegated light mint color.

Color: Mint.
Weight: lace (2 Ply).
Fibers: 100% Fine Merino Wool.
Yardage: 1000 yds / 914 m.
Gauge: 32 sts = 4 in
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm).
Skein weight: 3.2 oz / 92 g.

Find it in my LaceKnit shop on Etsy.

Jun 30, 2015

Drops Delight Socks

I'm so exited! My colorful socks were featured in the Craftsy's Newsletter.

Yarn: Drops Delight.
Color 14 Purple Green.
Needles: Dpn US 0 - 2.0 mm.

CO 16x16x16x16 sts. 1x1 rib 5 1/2" long. 1 1/2" long in St st. Heel gusset formed by wrap and turn short row technique. Special thanks to Carol Feller and her free Craftsy class "Short Rows".

Toe dec 4 times every 2nd round, then every round until 20 sts rem. Graft 10x10 sts.

To make both socks the same color wasn’t easy, though! I bought 2 balls of yarn in the same dye lot. Made my first sock without a clue that I’m going to suffer with the next one. The next sock was started with a new ball of yarn. Color transition was in the same order, but the length of each color was different. So, I had to cut the yarn every time when I notice that I have already enough of it in my sock, wind off some amount of yarn until necessary transition begins, cut excess yarn. Luckily the yarn ball of my second sock had longer color transitions, not vs. And of coarse, keeping my first sock and comparing constantly was essential.

See this project on Ravelry.

Jun 24, 2015

Pattern: Precious Lace Shawl

Precious Lace is a beaded lace shawl knitting pattern. It is worked from top to bottom in all-over lace. Silver lined glass beads incorporated into the hem create a richly jeweled edge. This design also features the debut of the “Precious Lace” stitch pattern. Both charted and written patterns are included along with detailed, simple to follow instructions.

Finished size
58″ (147 cm) wingspan, 28.15″ (71.5 cm) height at center spine, relaxed after blocking. Measurements may vary according to individual knitting tension.
Lace weight yarn (CYCA 0)
Shown here: Malabrigo Yarn Lace (470 yards / 430 meters, 100% merino), color “63 Natural” – 2 skeins.
US 0 / 2.00 mm

Size 8, silver lined crystal clear round Japanese beads – 1458 pieces (approx. 40 g);
Hook for placing beads US 13/14 (0.9 mm);
Blocking accessories;
Darning needle.
25.5 sts x 41 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Precious Lace stitch pattern.

This pattern can be found here:
LaceKnit website

Jun 11, 2015

"Precious Lace" Shawl

Pattern for this shawl is coming soon.
Size: 147 x 71.5 cm.
Needle: US 0 (2.00 mm).
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Lace (100 % merino wool) 2 skeins.
Hook US13/14 (0.9 mm).
See this project on Ravelry.

May 8, 2015

Shawl for Britain's new Princess

ELEGANT SOFT WOOL BABY SHAWL from G.H. Hurt and Son Ltd. for Britain's new Princess a second child of Prince Charles and Kate. A beautiful machine made shawl is on high demand right now and can be pre-ordered for £68.00. Of coarse it is possible to hand knit the same design. The pattern looks not too complicated, but indeed very elegant.

May 7, 2015

Instructions: Place Bead Using a Hook

Impale the bead onto a crochet hook (Figure 1). Insert the hook into the stitch loop where the bead will sit, making sure that the hook is facing yo (Figure 2). Pull the loop through the bead (Figure 3). Replace the stitch loop onto the left needle (Figure 4). Knit the stitch (Figure 5).

Figure 1