Lace knitting has seen an incredible resurgence in the last few years. To stay in tune with trends, I like to check out the pattern tab on Ravelry to see what’s popular now, at least weekly. It seems that knit lace scarves are the dominating trend.
If you’ve been afraid to try making lace, you might want to start with something easy. A project with a small repeat and no shaping is a great way to start. These three drapey sweaters fit the bill. Apropos, Consonia, and Etesian all have shaping in st st, but the lace is worked in rectangular pieces. You get the look and feel of the lace, but none of the pain.
For those who prefer to start with a smaller project, the Jubilee scarf has a 20 row chart, but it’s really the cable crossing that happens every 20 rows. The lace is a 4 row repeat, so it’s easy to memorize.
The next step in learning lace is working a pattern with a logical progression, like the pattern in Adia. This lace pattern is the first one I ever worked and has been my go-to favorite ever since.
After you’ve mastered that you’ll be ready for the challenge of this knit lace shawl. Stimson was a winner in our sock yarn design contest a few years back, and it’s even more in style now.
For a smaller project with an equally challenging stitch, try Gurie:
Happy Lace Knitting!