A little DIY lace knitting

While I was working on the Waiting For Rain shawl I was thinking about knitting a lace sweater. (That might explain why some YO got missed.) I decided I could do a little DIY lace knitting right now and put one of the stitch patterns I’m considering into this shawl. Why not? If I’m going to work a lace sweater I better like the stitch pattern a whole lot!


Sometimes lace stitch patterns are logical. (Are you saying: “yah, right, who are you kidding?”) A logical pattern to me would mean that I could anticipate where each YO will fall and which way the decreases should lean. This would be a pattern that could be memorized or at least worked by glancing at the chart. Otherwise it’s necessary to follow along blindly, working long lines of the chart as written (which of course you have to do at the beginning of every chart but hopefully not for the entire garment). I cannot knit the blind following type, although they result in beautiful shawls, they are not for me. It’s actually hard to tell from the chart which kind of lace pattern you have. The test is in the knitting.

This shawl is perfect for doing this. Here is the original stitch pattern:


This is the pattern I subbed in:


I like it. It’s easier to knit than it looks. Don’t you love that? I don’t know if it’s the pattern I will use for my sweater but it’s a contender.

Sylvia McFadden is way ahead of me. She has written a DIY version for a crescent shawl where you can put in your favourite lace pattern. I think this is such a great idea.

Do you think about changing things up while you work? Could you work a DIY project?

Thanks for reading,


Cabin Fever patterns on Ravelry

Author: debgemmellmods

I'm a Knitter. The capital K means every day, everywhere. I'm co-owner of Cabin Fever with my sister Lyn. We have published over 100 patterns and 11 books. I'm also working on a new set of patterns for Any Gauge knitting. Dive into your stash and cast on for a Top Down sweater that fits, or an accessory to use up those odd balls of yarn.

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