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Knitting a lace shawl using a brushed acrylic yarn makes it Dreamy

 

Yesterday we talked about the Calming Colors Chevron Throw, and today, we’re going to venture off the path of blankets and throws yet again. The Lacy Stripes Knit Shawl is a repeat of three different stitch patterns. Now, the skill level for this pattern is intermediate, but I have no doubt you’ll be able to tackle it.

 

The pattern photo from the Red Heart website. This was knit in Dreamy Stripes in the color Sweetdreams.
The pattern photo from the Red Heart website. This was knit in Dreamy Stripes in the color Sweetdreams.

 

 

Red Heart Dreamy yarn Stripes Sweetdreams
Red Heart Dreamy yarn Stripes Sweetdreams

 

The only difficult part of this pattern is the lace sections, and they’re not really that bad.

The lace sections are not exactly a 4-5 row repeat, they’re quite a few rows of stitches in different orders. The saving grace is the same stitches repeat so you become very familiar with them.

I encourage you not to be afraid of knitting the Lacy Stripes Knit Shawl because after all, it’s intermediate. I thought for the first couple rows that it was going to be really complex, but after those couple rows I really picked up the knack for reading the stitches. Once that happened I didn’t have to think about it quite as often and the knitting just flowed from there.

A close up of the stitches used in this shawl. The lace stitch carries one knit stitch up while the rest is in garter. There are occasion eyelettes throughout.
A close up of the stitches used in this shawl. The lace stitch carries one knit stitch up while the rest is in garter. There are occasion eyelettes throughout.
A close up of the stitches used in this shawl. The lace stitch carries one knit stitch up while the rest is in garter. There are occasion eyelettes throughout.

 

I don’t know what it is about lace knit in a chunkier yarn, but I absolutely love the look. It gives it a classy look and adds texture to the stitches.

While this pattern was originally knit in the beautiful Dreamy Stripes, I think knitting it in a plain color really brings out the work you’re doing with the lace sections. If I’m taking the time to knit a lace pattern, I make sure the work is visible and stands out. I want it to be the main attraction of the garment.

On the other hand I do like the stripes in this shawl for a completely different reason, but I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

 

A look at how the pattern looks in a solid color. The stitches stand out much more than they did in the multicolored shawl.
A look at how the pattern looks in a solid color. The stitches stand out much more than they did in the multicolored shawl.

 

If you’re a beginner knitter interested in lace, I would definitely give this pattern a try. The sections of lace are broken up by garter and stockinette stitch, so you’ll get breaks from the lace knitting. It’s a good pattern to start knitting lace because it isn’t a whole garment made of lace, and the lace pattern really isn’t that difficult. It just looks intimidating when you’re reading it, but in practice, the Lacy Stripes Knit Shawl pattern isn’t difficult.

Go ahead, knowing that I believe in you and you can do it!

 

Red Heart Dreamy yarn Stripes
Red Heart Dreamy yarn Stripes

 

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: How Dreamy yarn is perfect for knitting throws

About Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen is founder and creative director of Stitch Please Yarns. She originally got into the fiber arts business writing about knitting at her blog Stitches be Slippin, and now, also writes for KNITmuch.com.

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