What to Knit? Lace Edition!
I have to say that I rarely knit with lace. Maybe I have this idea that a lace project would turn into an insurmountable task. But we have some lovely lace weight yarns at Knit With Attitude, ones that I have had my eye on for quite some time. Now that some of us might have more time on our hands than we would like, maybe now is the time for that lace weight challenge.
I shall introduce you to our lace weight selection and some potential projects both ambitious and not so ambitious.
Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace. This 55% Merino wool and 45% Silk blend is pure luxury. A tightly twisted lace weight yarn with amazing softness and a wonderful glow and drape from silk. It gives great lace definition and structure. Plus it goes on forever, each 100g skein has 1000m/1093yrds.
The Fibre Co Meadow. The Fibre Co are famous for their interesting fibre blends and this lace weight offering is no exception. A 40% Merino Wool, 25% Baby Llama, 20% Silk and 15% Linen! All these amazing fibres give this yarn an amazing quality. Slightly matte in the hand and slightly fibrous.
Garthenor No. 1. This is 100% certified organic British Wool in a range of natural undyed colours and what a range. When I see this yarn in the shop I feel so inspired. Its earthy, but fine and elegant.
G-uld No. 4. No. 4 is a light 4ply but I think it can sit quite comfortably in a lace project. A beautiful blend of Merino and Gotland wool and naturally dyed by the amazing g-uld team.
Hey Mama Wolf Ahimsa No.10. This simply beautiful 100% silk yarn all naturally dyed by Hey Mama Wolf is stunning. Made from peace silk which means the silk worm is allowed to live out its life. As a result it eats though the cocoon. This give you a shorter fibre length but still giving you a quality fibre. It has an almost papery feel in the hand. Light and delicate.
Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk Lace. These fuzzy lace weights sit in a wide range of thickness brackets. Can be knit as a lace weight but is also equally happy knit up as an aran. The fuzzy fibres fill out the stitches and create a light floaty fabric. These hand dyed offerings from Hedgehog Fibres not only are pretty but a joy to knit with.
Fyberspates Cumulus. Cumulus has the same qualities as the kid silk lace but is an alpaca and silk blend. It comes in a great range of solid colours. Perfect held on its own or half double with other yarns to give you that fuzzy halo.
Now I've whet your appetite with the yarn let's take a look at some fun projects:
Aeolian Shawl by Elizabeth Freeman. Go big or go home, right! I had to start with this stunner of a lace shawl. This is what instantly comes to mind when I think lace shawl. It has all the bells and whistles and looks to me to be one of those challenging projects that would definitely turn into an heirloom piece.
A Hap for Harriet by Kate Davies. Looking for that lace shawl project that is a bit more manageable. This shawl is worked sideways from end to end and the lacey details are worked at the same time. A meditative project which you could get easily get into the rhythm of.
Iris Divine by Nancy Marchant. Here is one for the fuzzy lace lovers. Knit using a mohair blend, you know it's going to be light, airy and soft. A challenge for the brioche knitters, but combined with this yarn type it will be so squishy.
Bonny by tincanknits. Lace knitting is not all about accessories. The lightness of lace yarn makes it perfect for those spring and summer garments. A perfect layering piece like in this design by Tin Can Knits. A simple shape given interest by the relaxed lace panel.
Fractal by Essi Varis. I love this modern take on a crochet lace doily. It's structurally interesting and looks like a fun project. A sturdy yarn would be good for this one.
Pheasant Plucker by Anna Maltz. This cute and clever hat is knit using two strands of lace weight yarn held together using Anna Maltz's marlisle technique. Lace weight yarns are great used in this way, holding them double gives you a thicker strand but not too much bulk.
I hope some of these lace projects have inspired you. If lace is really not your thing check out my earlier 'What to Knit? Chunky Edition!' blog post. For some projects at the other end of the gauge scale.
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