Talk about lace knitting and many knitters will squeak quietly, retreat into a corner and hope nobody asks them about it.
It can be a very daunting challenge for the novice knitter. All those complicated stitches, in complicated patterns, with yarn that is so thin you can barely see it.
Lace doesn’t have to be like that though. You don’t need many lace stitches to give a beautiful lace effect and is doesn’t have to be done with lace weight yarn. After all, lace knitting is simply a matter of creating strategically placed holes in your work and holes are holes regardless of the thickness of the yarn.
Personally I love lace, but then I love complicated stuff in any form, I can’t help it. More satisfying than creating my own complicated stuff though, is helping others to gain a bit more confidence with the complicated stuff too.
So, back to the project in question. The Trinity Scarf. It’s a lace infinity scarf, made a bit thicker than normal and with an easy pattern repeat. Don’t panic about the infinity bit, all that means is that the ends are joined together to give you one complete loop, which doesn’t need to be complicated at all.
I believe I actually made this scarf well over a year ago with the intention of using it in a beginner workshop and it has been sat on my desk ever since, waiting for me to write the pattern up. I don’t know why it has taken me so long, I guess I have quite a large pile of work on my desk and this one kept escaping back to the bottom. That’ssuch a lame excuse, but no longer, it’s finished now.
The pattern is only four rows and the main stitch repeat is only eleven stitches. That’s right, just four rows and a handful of stitches, so no getting lost in massive lace charts or having to write down every single row. The rows don’t even take that long to do. There are lace patterns I have done in the past with 500+ stitches on a row which have taken me up to half an hour to do one row. It’s a bit demoralising when you go to bed after an hour of knitting and you’ve only done two rows. Not with this pattern.
Here’s a brief look at what the stitches look like.
The other thing I love about this pattern is that it is very versatile. You can easily make it as long or as wide as you like. The instructions are all there and easy to do. Plus, it’s worked in DK yarn, giving you a whole World of choice about what yarn to use. I used Rowan Alpaca Colour for mine, mainly because I had it to hand, but also because of the lovely and very gradual changes in colour that is gives. Of course, it’s also lovely and soft because it’s alpaca!
It’s totally your choice what you use and it doesn’t use a lot of yarn, so you can afford to be extravagant if you wish. I think something with a little bit of weight to it is nice, as it gives a good drape, but then again, you could go for the light and airy feel…
If you do want to complicate things then there is of course one way to make the pattern tricky. When you knit your scarf you have the option to either sew your ends together to make the infinity, or GRAFT your ends together. I can picture some of you shuddering at the thought, or looking at me slightly bewildered.
Grafting is a form of sewing up, but in such a way that you try to create a row of extra stitches between the two pieces which completely hide the join. If you’ve never had a go before try it, with two pieces of stocking stitch first, so that you have an idea of what it is all about. There are plenty of instructions out there on the web that should help you get started. Eventually I will post some notes in the tutorials section, but I haven’t written them yet, sorry about that. Be warned though, that when it comes to grafting lace stitches things can get a bit gritty. Be prepared for a lot of concentration and most likely a little bit of creative language to go with it.
So, if you would like to have a go, the pattern is available from my Etsy shop
Or, if you have any questions, do get in touch, it’s always good to hear from you.
If you would like to try a little more lace knitting then I know several people who found this book really useful… (click on the link below for more info)