I created five lace designs for Field Guide No. 15: Open. Each began with a swatch. But often one swatch just isn’t enough . . .
This collection of designs could be refined only by exploring stitch patterns on various needles to get the right handle and drape. It had to be just so. And, given my awful memory, you’ll see each swatch is carefully labeled with details such as needle size, number of strands used and the number of stitches and rows.
1 Design, 2 Weights, Rib Lace Scarf
This design gently introduces you to lace knitting with a 2-row pattern that sneaks into your memory. The rib structure is a little twist that makes the scarf reversible.
All done . . . in just 26 rows: Tumbling Block Lace Scarf
A design pushes your lace knitting knowledge onwards with a tumbling block lace pattern that’s a little different, as the lace is worked on both right and wrong side rows. Sure, you don’t get any “rest rows,” but focus for just these 26 rows and it’s all over. Then you can sit back and congratulate yourself.
We eased you in with scarves, now it’s time for Clerestory Shawl
In the design story of Field Guide No. 15: Open, the Clerestory Shawl actually gave birth to the scarves. It brings together the motifs of the Rib Lace Scarf and Tumbling Block Lace Scarf into a trapezoid knit from end to end. Choose Aran weight for a wrap with attitude, or work in a light fingering for a shawl that is a little less punchy, but airy and exquisite.
The Aperture Stole is a joyous adventure in lace for many reasons. Sure there are the two lace patterns that appear random at first (actually one long repeat), but there’s also a stripe sequence that plays with texture and color in equal measure. As part of the adventure, and in keeping with the concept of being open, you can choose to work the stole in stripes as instructed by the pattern or work it in a single color, allowing the lace patterns alone to shine through. And shine they do.
Knit It in a single color. Knit It in colorful textural stripes. The choice is yours.
I think for me the Mood Cardigan is really where this collection started. Inspired by a machine-knitted cardigan I wear constantly throughout the summer, my design is a curiosity-sparking but simple construction that can be worn either of two ways. Worn “rib up,” the cardi hangs low below the bum, with the mitered corner details visible at the neckline for all to admire. Worn “rib down,” the silhouette is more cropped, with the rib sitting on the hips and soft folds of fabric draping around the neck.
Rib up or rib down. How will you wear yours?
With different yarn weights, needle sizes, color and styling options, this collection of modern lace designs invites you to be “open” in a variety of ways. So enjoy!
I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Aimée Gille of La Bien Aimée for allowing me to design with her beautiful yarns.
Kay and Ann, thank you so much for inviting me to design a collection for one of your legendary Field Guides. Huge thanks also to Melanie Falick for her fabulous creative vision. I’m so happy we were able to meet up earlier this year to work on this guide together, although given everything that’s happened since January, that seems like years ago.
I hope these designs bring a little joy into your crafting life. Stay safe and well everyone.