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 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 touch with 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 something, or knitting and reading 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

I 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.


Jul 2, 2015

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.
Yarn
Lace weight yarn (CYCA 0)
Shown here: Malabrigo Yarn Lace (470 yards / 430 meters, 100% merino), color “63 Natural” – 2 skeins.
Needles
US 0 / 2.00 mm

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

This pattern can be found here:
LaceKnit website
Craftsy
Etsy

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.
Beads.
Hook US13/14 (0.9 mm).
See this project on Ravelry.