Tuesday, April 27, 2010

An Inspirational Pattern: Valentine Triangle Shawl

As you might know, I am participating in Knit and Crochet Blog Week. Today is the day to reveal what pattern you aspire to create. The moment I read this I thought of all of the beautiful lace shawls I'd love to knit particularly the Valentine Triangle Shawl by Margaret Edelson:
                                             Photo by edelsma

Knitting lace has never appealed to me, because honestly it scares me! There I said it out loud. Even though I have tackled complex sweaters with cables and color changes, lace looks too hard.

I have tried to tackle my fear of lace. First, I joined a lace knit a long and produced a Ribbed Lace Bolero. Then, I graduated to a simple fan and feather shawl with my Multnomah. However, there were no charts, no fancy lace stitches, and no extraordinary concentration was required.

Having escaped lace, I am now knitting a cable cardigan. This for me is the comfort food of knitting.

Some day I will knit a lace shawl with actual charts...some day.

Happy comfort food knitting!


rachel said...

Mhmm, I know lace fear all too well. It was my first knitting leap - a charted triangular, lacey shawl. I survived it, so I'm sure you can do it too! :)

Mel said...

I got a bad case of the lace fear too- mainly cos I know I lack the concentration for 300 stitch rows of pattern. But I do still give wistful looks to lace shawls from time to time ;)

AC said...

Lace = scary to me too. I imagine myself tangled in a big ball of yarn.

Becky said...

Your Multnomah is gorgeous! I've never seen that pattern, but think it will be added to my queue today.

When you get ready to tackle a big lace project, I suggest one of the magnet pattern holders. It's great for keeping your place and focusing on the row at hand.

Allison said...

Thanks for all of your comments, encouragement and advice!

Kathryn Ray said...

This sounds like a fun project. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your posts this week.

~RaenWa~ said...

Lace scares me just the same fine yarn & small needles = freak out lol. Hopefully someday soon I will get over it because there is some beautiful lace work out there.

WonderWhyGal said...

Lace scares me too...along with cables and small needles. One day I will tackle all of them too. I am currently working on a shawl on size 9 needles and it's all knit and drop stitches...more my pace.