Lilla Shawl


Simple but beautiful and memorable, this stockinette shawl is from, where you can download the pattern. The model is made using 300 yards of Berroco Vintage, and size 9 (US) needles. There’s also a video explaining how to work the lovely lace edging at along the bottom. The yarn comes in many other pretty colors if you’re not partial to the ice blue.

Espenson Drapey Tunic

Linen has become a new favorite of mine, since last year when I knitted  Espenson, shown here, and liked it so much that I made another in a different colorway. The yarn is Berroco’s Linsey, a linen/cotton mix, which knits up with great body and drapiness and comes in yummy solids and color blends. My first version looks exactly like the photo, an outcome that always makes me happy, but is never a sure thing!

Pattern available here

18th Century Documentation for Knitted Mitts

1765 Notice from Royal Society of Arts

From Museum Rusticum Et Commerciale: Or, Select Papers on Agriculture, Commerce, Arts, and Manufactures, by the Royal Society of Arts, 1765, page 393:

Premiums offered by the Society for Encouraging and Improving Manufactures

1. Knitting Thread Lace For the greatest quantity of Thread Lace, not less than six yards in length, nor less than two inches and a half in width, knit with needles, and made by one person ; the goodness, clearness, and fineness of the work, and beauty of the pattern, to determine the preference; Thirty Guineas, The above thirty guineas to be divided according to the merit of the candidates ; to be produced on or before the first Tuesday in January, 1766.

1. KNITTING MITTS. For the greatest quantity of Mitts made of thread, in imitation of lace, and made with knitting-needles, fit for womens wear ; not less than one dozen pair; each pair to be not less than fourteen inches in length, made by one person ; the goodness, clearness, and fineness of the work, and beauty of the pattern, to determine the preference; Twenty Guineas. The whole sum to be divided in proportion to the merit; to be produced on or before the first Tuefday in January, 1766. N. B. The persons who gain any of the above premiums to leave one yard of the lace, and one pair of mitts, as, the property of the Society.

Article courtesy of alwen at Ravelry.


Venetian Lace: a slideshow

I’ve been fortunate enough over the past few years to have had the opportunity to travel to Venice on 4 separate occasions. Last year, I made it a point (pun intended) to visit the lace making school and museum on the charming island of Burano.

Making lace by hand is an art that is in danger of dying out. These are two talented ladies who are trying to prevent that from happening. They were kind enough to allow me to watch as they created the tiny stitches. Pictured here are just a few of the hundreds of stunning patterns displayed in the Schuola Merletto.

Knitting from the Stash: Diva Scarf

Lion Brand is offering a new twist on two classic styles, lace and ripples, by combining them in multiple colors.  Each time I come across something like this, I wonder why I didn’t think of it. What a pretty way to use up those partial skeins hanging around my yarn closet.

Here’s the pattern. Worsted weight yarn and size 9 (US) needles. Should work up fast once you learn the stitch pattern.