Oh how awesome is that!!! So many people do not put the individual stitch patterns for lace sections (or cable sections, etc) and it can take a bit of time to mish together laces from different places (hahaha, I like that it should be a book "Laces from Different Places"). Anyway, the difficulty shouldn't be a problem, it's all about how lovely it looks!
I had been admiring the book for a while but my shelves are crowed so waited, but Elann has some so decided it would be nice to have , I love to read, there is not a book that you don't learn something from reading it. Irene
hmmm, I've already got worsted weight yarn for it, I wonder if there's a way to scale the pattern down any ( I realize I don't have the book yet, but once I pick a project I really just kinda jump right into it, lol). I hope I'm not being a bother with all this, and I could just muddle through on my own, but I really only have a few friends who are knitters (half of which I have found on the knitpicks site) and I don't know if any of them have really extensive lace shawl experience. I did go to your website, and WOW, I am amazed at how much you do! I just gotta know, how do you do so much?!?! You are really one busy lady, and boy oh boy do I love that wrap you just did!
Wow, thank you for getting back to me so fast! yes, I had planned on getting your wonderful book before knitpicks's book sale was over, and wouldn't ya know it, when I went looking for it, it was already gone! I think I've almost got my DH convinced to let me get it ( I've never used amazon before and I don't know anything about it, but dagnabbit, I am determined to learn!). I love knitting lace, especially shawls. I usually use worsted weight yarn, but I also love knitting with fingering and lace weights. I shall keep your stitch count warning in mind once I get your book. The lady that the first shawl will be for is indeed a generously-sized woman. I'll be knitting the Ann Arbor shawl in worsted weight yarn for her in white, light purple, and dark purple. I'm sure she'll just adore it!
Hi there! I have only been on the knitpicks site for a few months and have only just a week ago discovered your book on ravelry. I was looking for a certain kind of shawl pattern, namely a circular-ish lace pattern without the "spine" that you so often come across. When I found not just one but SEVERAL patterns from your book had just what I was looking for, I was ecstatic! I just love your amazingly gorgeous shawls and scarves! I am hoping to be able to buy the book soon, but I had one question for you first. Most of the patterns I saw were about elbow-length and I was wanting to know if there is any way to make them about a foot or a foot and a half longer (yes, I am insane, but I just LOVE really long shawls).
Hi Alison: You have given me some good choices. The more I see the Julia the more I think the yarn will work with this pattern. But combining the Michelle and the Constance is an intriging idea too. ( I have done both of these shawls and love the results. Oh decisions, decisions. Thanks though so much for your input and support. Bonnie
Thank you! And yes, I think all three of those would work nicely. Or you could do a combination of them to mix things up if you want, like doing the Julia in the yoke, the Michelle in the body, and the Constance for a bottom edging.
That's a really fine laceweight, though, and you need a fair number of stitches for that one. Also, I would start at, say, row 2 on most of the patterns so that the neckline comes out wide enough in that finer yarn. Keep in mind the shawl will be narrower around than mine that were done in fingering weight. That doesn't mean it won't work; I did a Bigfoot in a baby alpaca/silk 875 yards/100g (so, still a thicker yarn than yours) and a friend who's about twice my weight loved it. On her, it was a shawlette that didn't quite meet in front, (I had used the cast-on count in the book), on me, it came to my waist and met in front just fine.
I just finished a shawl using two strands together of very fine laceweights. Together, they were the equivalent of fingering weight, and yet the effect was lighter and more ethereal.
Thanks Alison. Sorry I did not give you more info on the yarn. It is Mountain Colors" Winter Lace" "Crazy Woman" approx 100 gram skein, 7-8 st/inch. If you can find it, you will see that it has a very involved color pattern. Beautiful but many colors.
Are you saying that either the Constance or the Michelle will work with this multi color yarn. Or, should I really make the Julia to display the many colors rather than the lace pattern.
I know any shawl that I do from your book will be beautiful. I just love and adore this book and the patterns that you have created. Thank you so much for having written it. It is a treasured book in my knitting library. Bonnie
Googling for Mountain Color, I'm finding 20 different yarns by them; I'm afraid have no idea which you have or what weight it might be. But one thing I can mention is that if the number of stitches of either of the sizes of Julia works for your gauge swatch and the size you want, you can swap out the 6+1 stitch pattern for any other you prefer--or 12+1. The Michelle shawl uses a 6+1, the body of the Constance a 12+1, or you could use any other you like.
One recommendation I would make is that the more involved the color pattern, the simpler the stitch pattern, because if it's the stitch pattern you're trying to really put out there on display, it won't show up so much against the distractions of a lively colorway.
Whatever you make, I'll bet it's going to be gorgeous. Have fun playing with that yarn!
Hi Alison: I bought a skein of Mountain Color handpainted yarn (100 gram Skein) to make a shawl for my sister's birthday. The yarn is multi color and I wonder what pattern in your book you would suggest to show off the different colors of the yarn. I saw where you recommended the Julia, but I really wanted to do something more intricate than this one. Also, what would be a good size needle to use on this yarn. Thanks for your help. Bonnie
One question. I bought several cones of silk/cashmere (55/45) laceweight yarn. I am not sure if I need to scour them or not. How do yu determine if that is necessary? The person I bought it from wasn't sure, but didn't think it needed scouring because it was "soft and doesn't have a smell".
You would have enough for a Wanda's Flowers, though that's one of the narrower shawls; I'd say if you want a lot of length in that yardage, go for one of the smaller-stitch-count shawls but start at row 2 for a wider neckline; that'll help the finished shawl reach longer around. Do swatch first. I have a Constance shawl that I did in mohair on large needles, and it's quite a bit wider around than the one in the book. You've got worsted weight there, so upsizing the needles from what I used in the book, you could go with Wanda's, the smaller Julia, Constance, the smaller-stitch-count-version Water Turtles... But do start with that wider neck. Good luck!
Oh, and, I used 500 yards for the mohair-version Julia in the book: there were 1000 yards in the skein and I got two of them out of it. So I think your 660 yards will be okay, whichever pattern you choose.
After getting your book, I think the hardest decision is going to be which shawl to knit first-- they are all lovely! I do have a question that I hope you can help me with. While it was still avalible, I bought 6 balls of "Ambrosia" from KnitPicks (and am very sad that it is not still an item they carry) It is 80% Baby Alpaca, 20% Cashmere, 50 grams/110 yds per ball (6 stitches per inch on #3-5 needles) I have knit several lace scarves and square shawls, so I am comfortable with my knitting skills and reaading charts, but am completely 'unlearned' when it comes to figuring out subsitiutions for yarn amounts and weights. I would really like to use my little stash to make one of the shawls from "Wrapped In Comfort", could you give me some Ideas which shawl I would have enough yarn for? I usually have to use one needle size up to get the correct guage when knitting, I am short so it doesn't need to be very long (24" would go from neck to past my elbow) but am a plus size , so it would need to be wide. I would not mind having a lacy, open shawl as long as I have enough yarn to finish it! Thanks for your help! and your book-I love the patterns and the stories that go along with each one.
The Constance and the faster-version (ie smaller stitch count) Julia done in fingering weight and going down to a needle size 9, those would both work, and the length of course is whatever you'd like it to be.