Nov 26, 2013

Silk Shawl

Ooh! This is soo pretty!

The pattern is a slightly modified version of two cross pollinated shawls:
1. Laminaria
2. Echo Flower .

I used yarn from Henry's Attic - Rapunzel 1Ply - 100% Tussah Silk with a lovely golden color, it's natural crispy texture and mild shine. This yarn is surprisingly fuzzy almost like mohair.

I didn't know how this wild silk will behave after blocking. It is my first tussah silk shawl. So actually the shawl became like starched after blocking but this effect didn't last long, after first photo session the fabric has become soft again.

This shawl is available for sale in my LaceKnit etsy shop.

Nov 25, 2013

Seamless Shrug

To make this shrug I used about 2 skeins of Staccato from Shibui Knits, 5 double pointed sock needles US6/4.00mm, circular needles of the same size (can use straight needles). The Staccato yarn has superwash merino wool and silk fibers, which gives to your garments an interesting shine and I like it. The yarn is perfect for knitting a jacket or sweater. But I think that Staccato can be used for socks and it will be a luxurious long lasting warm and elegant socks. I'm tempted to try.

The process of knitting this shrug I would describe in these few steps:
1. Starting with double pointed sock needles I knitted in circles the first sleeve from down to top.
2. I switched sock needles to the circular ones and start knitting straight the back part.
3. Once I finished with the back I switched to sock needles again and start knitting in circles making the second sleeve from top down.
4. Then I blocked it. It's extremely important, because the fabric from Staccato yarn is stretching a lot.
5. Next day I picked stitches from the formed hole in between my sleeves onto circular needles and knitted 2k, 2p until I had 13 cm of a trim.
That's all basically.

One week sale in LaceKnit shop

Only this week your purchase in LaceKnit shop for more than $100 qualifies for a discount 30% off. Use coupon code D30OFF at the check out.
This offer is valid from November 25 through December 2, 2013.

Nov 11, 2013

LaceKnit Coupons

We are running these pre-holiday promotions in our LaceKnit etsy shop:

- All LaceKnit shawls for price $120 and more are shipped for FREE within the US (coupon code - SHIPFREE).

- Orders for more than $150 will qualify for a discount 10% OFF (coupon code - D10OFF).
These offers are valid from November 10 through November 23, 2013.

Nov 7, 2013

Yarn weight identification

Nice and simple tips how to identify weight of a mystery yarn in the article Mystery Stash Yarns: Determining Yarn Weights posted by Ashley on Craftsy.

Nov 6, 2013

Christmas interior

Creating a nice and cozy interior of the Christmas atmosphere.

Nov 2, 2013

About the scarf Florence

The pattern is published!
This lace scarf Florence designed within estonian lace tradition. The scarf consists only one rectangle section. The pattern has a chart and written general instructions.
Option 1. Yarn: Cima from Shibui Knits, Lace / 2 ply, 70% Alpaca, 30% Merino .
Yardage: 490-510 yards.
Needles: US 4 - 3.5 mm.
Approximate measurements: 65" x 9.6" (165 x 24.3 cm).

Option 2. Yarn: Silk Cloud from Shibui Knits, Lace / 2 ply, 60% Mohair, 40% Silk.
Yardage: 400 -420 yards.
Needles: US 6 - 4.0 mm
Approximate measurements: 67" x 11.6" (170 x 29.5 cm).

The pattern includes nupps and stitch “k5sts tog into 5sts”. Here is the explanation how to do it:

Nupp - knit into one stitch, leaving it on the left-hand needle, * yarn over, knit into original stitch again*, repeat from * to * two more times - five stitches from one. Purl all 5 stitches together on the following row.

k5sts tog into 5sts - knit into 5 stitches together knitwise, leaving them on the left-hand needle, * yarn over, knit into original stitch again*, repeat from * to * two more times - five stitches from five. Purl all 5 stitches separately on the following row.

The scarf Florence can be knitted with different yarn weights - lace, light fingering and fingering - and can be expanded into a stole or transformed into a square shawl.

And it's very important to follow these instructions to finish the project:
Soak the scarf in cool water with shampoo, then rinse. Squeeze gently - do no wring/twist. Block the scarf by stretching and pinning it to shape, pulling the fabric at the both ends of the scarf, forming pointy shape if desired. Allow it to dry completely in blocked position, then unpin and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy it!