Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lace and Mo Shawl

I had in my stash a lovely ball of very fine hand dyed lace-weight, and a matching ball of chunky mohair. The lace-weight should be knit on 3mm needles and the chunky on 6mm.... how to combine for one article of fabulousness?

The result is a large needle knit, really lacey fabric with single rows of fuzzy chunky at regular intervals to stabalize the whole thing!

Yarn: 100 grams of lace weight yarn, and 50 grams of chunky mohair (any thin yarn and thick yarn from your stash should work for this. You could even use several smaller balls and stripe it as you go)

Needles: 6mm (US 10) *** you must use circular needles here to follow the one row stripe pattern.... you will see how you must slide the yarn over to start on the same side again****

Shawl: With lace weight yarn, cast on 60 stitches.

Lace pattern: With lace weight yarn: Row 1, 2, and 3, Knit every row.
Row 4: Knit one, [yarn over, knit one] repeat across the row to end.
Row 5: knit all the stitches and drop all the yarn overs.
Row 6, and 7, knit all stitches.
Row 8: change to chunky mohair, and knit across with this yarn (leave a 5 inch tail at the start and end - breaking yarn when done this row**** DO NOT break the lace weight yarn .

Next row: slide the shawl back to the other end of the circular needle, without turning the project, so that you are now knitting with the lace weight yarn on the side you left it. Knit the lace-weight across the mohair row! This is Row 1 again. Repeat the row 1 - 8 pattern until the shawl - wrap is as long as you like.
End with row 1 - 6 of the lace-weight yarn and cast off all stitches.
Sew in the 5 inch tails of all the mohair rows.

The mohair row keeps it lying flat and stops it from bunching and curling. The lace yarn shows the yarn over row as an even more open stitch, giving it a spun web image.

Light and lacey and just right.

1 comment:

The Sewing Loft said...

Lovely shawl! I will put it on my "to do" list. Thanks for sharing the pattern. :)

Barb