This week we are featuring two lace patterns, one for those who are experienced with lace and light weight yarns, and another for those who are looking to gain experience with lighter weight yarns and lace: Rock Island by Jared Flood, and the Multnomah Shawl by Kate Elsa.
Rock Island is the latest shawl from Jared Flood, a Studio staff favorite designer. Rock Island starts with the outer edge of the shawl, worked back and forth. After that part is complete, then stitches are picked up and the shawl is worked to a triangular shape, with an ever decreasing number of stitches. There is patterning on both the wrong and right side of the shawl, so this is definitely a project that requires experience and concentration. In terms of yarn, we have a lot of small treasures in lace weight right now, definitely worth checking the lace area to see if a color appeals to you. One of my new favorites is Ella Rae Lace Merino, which is available in 8 semi-solid colors.
The Multnomah Shawl is a beautiful garter stitch based triangular shawl, which finishes with a feather and fan lace pattern on the edge. Multnomah is perfect for trying out lighter weight yarns, as well as a simple knit when other things are on your mind. This is also a great pattern for understanding triangular shawl structure and learning to customize to get your desired size. My favorite yarn for this is Koigu’s fingering weight yarns(KPM and KPPPM). The shawl will take anywhere from 2-6 skeins, depending on the size you’d like.
Take a look at these two patterns and see if either is something that inspires you and your summer knitting.