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.


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.

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

May 2, 2015

Pattern : "Mitts with Beads" fingerless gloves

Main accent of these fingerless garter stitch gloves is a decorative lace design with beads on the cuff edge (about 3”). It is made in Orenburg lace pattern and is worked seamlessly and simultaneously with the main part of a glove, forming a lovely scalloped edge. Glass beads, incorporated in the lace pattern, meant to emphasize a sophisticated look. These fingerless gloves are knitted on straight needles in garter stitch and lace pattern. Thumb gusset is created using one of the short row techniques. Grafting completes each glove. Tutorials for all essential techniques necessary for this project are included in this pattern for convenience of a novice knitter.

Finished size
One size fits most - from 6 ½” (17.7 cm) to 8 ½” (21.6 cm) hand circumference across knuckles. When relaxed and flat: 8.5” (21.6 cm) long, 2.75 ” (7 cm) wide across knuckles, 3” (7.6 cm) across widest part of the glove over thumb gusset.
The size can be adjusted by repeating Chart “Right (and then Left) Hand” after Chart “Right (and then Left) Hand Thumb Gusset” one or two more times if desired.

Yarn
Lace weight yarn (CYCA 0).
Shown here: Rowan Fine Lace (437 yards / 400 meters, 50 gram, 80% Alpaca, 20% Merino), “Black” color, approximately 0.2 skeins = 87.4 yards (79.9 meters), 10 grams.

Needles
US 0 / 2.00 mm needles (straight or circular).

Notions
Waste yarn and size US D-3 / 3.25 mm crochet hook for provisional cast-on;
Size US 13/0.85 mm crochet hook for placing beads;
190 Beads size 8;
Darning needle for grafting.

Gauge
28 sts and 65 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch when relaxed, not stretched.

Table of Contents
Introduction ------------------------------------- Page 1
Right Hand Glove (written instructions) ---- Page 2
Right Hand (Chart) ----------------------------- Page 3
Right Hand Thumb Gusset (Chart) ----------- Page 4
Left Hand Glove (written instructions) ------ Page 5
Left Hand (Chart) ------------------------------- Page 6
Left Hand Thumb Gusset (Chart) ------------- Page 7
Crochet Chain ----------------------------------- Page 8
Crochet Chain Provisional Cast-On----------- Page 9
Grafting ------------------------------------------- Page 10
Place Bead with a Hook ------------------------ Page 11
Make 1 Increase (M1) -------------------------- Page 11
Abbreviations ----------------------------------- Page 12

Helpful tutorials

Place Bead Using a Hook
Make 1 Increase (M1) - Left Slant
Grafting (Kitchener stitch)
Crochet Chain Provisional Cast-On
Crochet Chain


The pattern "Mitts with Beads" can be found here:

LaceKnit shop on Etsy
LaceKnit pattern shop on Craftsy
LaceKnit official website

Apr 14, 2015

Pattern: Fingerless gloves on straight needles


These fingerless gloves are knitted on straight needles in garter stitch. A simple decorative lace design on the cuff edge is worked simultaneously with the main part of a glove. Thumb gusset is created using one of the short row techniques. Tight grafting completes each glove. Tutorials for all essential techniques necessary for this project are included in this pattern for convenience of a novice knitter.

The pattern includes written (row-by-row) instructions, charts, tutorials and provides a clear guidance throughout the entire process.





Skill level 
Beginner

Finished size
One size fits most - from 6 ½” (17.7 cm) to 8 ½” (21.6 cm) hand circumference across knuckles. When relaxed and flat: 6 ½” (17.7, cm) long, 3” (8 cm) wide across knuckles, 3 ¾” (9.5 cm) across widest part of the glove over thumb gusset.

Yarn
Fingering weight yarn (CYCA 1)
Shown here: KnitPicks Stroll Hand-Painted (462 yards / 422 meters, 100 gram, 75% Merino, 25% Nylon), “Deep Waters Tonal” color, approximately 0.3 skeins = 138.6 yards / 126.7 meters), 30 grams.

Needles
US 0 / 2.00 mm needles (straight or circular).

Notions
Waste yarn and size US D-3 / 3.25 mm crochet hook for provisional cast-on; darning needle.

Gauge
31 sts and 58 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch when relaxed, not stretched.

Here are some helpful tutorials for techniques used in this design:
Crochet Chain
Crochet Chain Provisional Cast-On
Instructions: Make 1 Increase (M1) - Left Slant
Instructions: Grafting (Kitchener stitch)

To find this pattern, follow any link provided below:

LaceKnit Designs
Craftsy
Etsy

Instructions: Make 1 Increase (M1) - Left Slant

Left Slant (M1L)
With right needle tip, lift the strand between the last knitted stitch and the first stitch and place it on the left needle from front to back (Figure 1), then knit the lifted loop through the back (Figure 2,3).

Figure 1

Instructions: Grafting (Kitchener stitch)

Arrange stitches on two needles so that there is the same number of stitches on each needle. Hold the needles parallel to each other with wrong sides of the knitting facing away from you (unless otherwise instructed). Allowing a yarn in the darning needle to be about four times longer than the width of the grafting area, thread matching yarn on a darning needle. Work from right to left as follows:

Step 1. Bring darning needle through the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl and leave the stitch on the needle (Figure 1).

Figure 1

Apr 3, 2015

Instructions: Picking Up Selvedge Stitches

Pick up and knit stitches along the selvedges by picking up three stitches for every two selvedge stitches. To do this pick up one stitch under both loops of the first chain stitch (Figure 1), one stitch under just the back loop of the second chain stitch (Figure 2), then one stitch under both loops of the same chain stitch (Figure 3, 4). Continue in this manner along the entire selvedge edge. You will end with about a third more stitches than there are selvedge stitches. For a fuller edge, pick up one stitch from the first stitch, two from the second stitch, and two from the third stitch, and repeat this sequence along the entire selvedge edge. In order to pick up lesser amount of stitches, pick up only one stitch from one loop of the chain stitch.

Figure 1

Instructions: Crochet Chain Provisional Cast-On

With waste yarn and crochet hook, make a loose crochet chain about six stitches more than you need to cast on. With knitting needle, working yarn, and beginning three stitches from end of chain, pick up and knit one stitch through the back loop of each crochet chain (Figure 1,2) for desired number of stitches. When you are ready to work in the opposite direction, put cast on stitches on your needle (Figure 3, 4, 5), and then pull out the crochet chain to expose live stitches (Figure 6, 7, 8).

Figure 1 

Instructions: Crochet Chain

Make a slipknot and place it on crochet hook (Figure 1). *Yarn over hook (Figure 2) and draw through loop on hook (Figure 3). Repeat from * for the desired number of stitches (Figure 4, 5). To fasten off, cut yarn and draw end through last loop formed.

Figure 1

Mar 31, 2015

Pattern: Celestina Square Shawl


My new pattern for Celestina Square Shawl has been published!

For this shawl, I wanted to divert from more commonly used floral motifs and instead introduce a celestial yet simple theme. The inspiration behind this piece came from the “3from3” stitch, which has always reminded me of a star. From that subject, I designed three stitch patterns for the center, hem and edge naming them “Constellation”, “Milky Way” and “Little Star” respectively. Hence, the name “Celestina”.

The shawl is made in two steps without breaking yarn. In the first step, you will knit a square center section in the all-over lace motif "Constellation" which is surrounded by a thin garter-stitch frame. Secondly, a lace edge is worked around the square outwardly. The lace edge consists of the two stitch patterns – “Milky Way” and “Little Star”.

Skill level
Intermediate / advanced.
Finished size
About 40” (102 cm) square, relaxed after blocking.
Yarn
Lace weight yarn (CYCA 0)
Shown here: Henry’s Attic Moriah (2520 yards / 2304 meters, 100% superfine merino wool), undyed, approximately 1500 yards / 1360 meters, 133 grams, lace weight yarn (CYCA 0).
Needles
US 2 / 2.75 mm circular needle.
Notions
Waste yarn for provisional cast-on; markers; blocking accessories; size US D-3 / 3.25 mm crochet hook; darning needle.
Gauge
30 sts and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern from Constellation chart.

Craftsy
Etsy
LaceKnit Designs


Here are some helpful tutorials for techniques used in this design:
Crochet Chain
Crochet Chain Provisional Cast-On
Instructions: Picking Up Selvedge Stitches