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My queue on Ravelry inexplicably grew to 330 items yesterday – seriously, am I even going to be able to knit 330 items any time soon? The answer, although it pains me to say it, is probably no.

Mainly this is due to my run on adding lacework shawls to it yesterday.

Lacework seems to be a word that strikes fear in to a lot of knitters, but I’m here to persuade you that this doesn’t need to be the case!  Yes, the charts look TERRIFYING, and on first inspection they are incredibly intimidating, but I promise you, it’s really quite easy!

Thye first shawl(ette) I made was this one:

You can find my project details here Raspberry Patch Shawl if you would like to know more (yarn/needles/etc).

The pattern is called Garden Pond and is by Patricia Clift Martin, it’s a free ravelry download and I think it is the perfect “starter” shawl because:

  • It has written instructions
  • You only need to know how to do Knit, Purl, Yarn Over, Knit 2 Together, Knit Front and Back, Knit 3 Together and Slip Stich Knit (the pattern gives very detailed instructions for this)
  • The instructions are fantastic!

Another shawl pattern I really love is the Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilkes, it has fantastic written instructions and really good charts that match, so you can follow the written if you like, but also start to learn what the charts mean too.  The good thing about they charts is that they show the “rest” rows, where you don’t do any yarn overs or fancy bits.  A lot of lacework charts only show the “working” stitches, so extra bit is brilliant if you’re just starting out.

I thought I would share a few more of my favourite (and queued) shawl designs just to give you a feel.  Don’t be scarred, give it a try! It’s easier than you think 🙂

Freya Shawl

Picture by murasakibfv

Freya Shawl by Renate Haeckler – Albeit not, perhaps, for the faint hearted, I love the pattern on this shawl, it still never ceases to amaze me that it is possible to knit things that look this pretty and intricate!

Picture by Dee O'Keefe

Ashton Shawlette by Dee O’Keefe – beautiful shapes in this one, and small enough to be a lovely scarf for autumn and spring times.

EZ 100th Anniversary PI Shawl: Gull Wings

Picture by Mwaa

Gull Wings by Mwaa Knit

I like these Anniversary Shawls by Mwaa Knit, there are 6 in total, 3 full round and 3 half round, and they were designed to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s birth.  EZ designed the original Pi shawl, and these are designs based on that.

Angel Shawl

Picture by The Ladies @ Knit

Angel Shawl by The Ladies @ Knit is so pretty, with it’s hazy middle and lacy border.  If you have some Debbie Bliss Angel (or any lightweight mohair-esque yarn) and don’t know what to do with it, this may well be the project for you!