Captivating Knitting

    
The Nereid Shawl

Knit lace is captivating. I've always been attracted to lace, especially lace edgings for pillowcases and hankies and the like.

Perhaps the most epic lace knitting projects are shawls. The beauty of lace translates wonderfully; the ethereal quality of the openwork lends itself to the drape that's necessary in a really good shawl.

The Nereid Shawl, from New Vintage Lace by Andrea Jurgrau, is a lovely example of lace knitting interpreted into a shawl.

Andrea's Nereid Shawl was inspired by the epitome of lace objects, a doily that she saw in an out-of-print Burda publication from the 50s.

The Neried is made up of a combination of textures with a mesh fill. There are blossom, fruit, and leaf patterns in the shawl, plus a fine, loopy crocheted edging.

This shawl is the perfect light wrap for warm weather; it's a small shawl that you can throw around your shoulders to stave off the chill of evening.The beauty of the shawl is a great conversation piece, too. People will be stunned at the beauty a knitter can create.

Getting compliments on our work isn't why most of us knit, but it's always a pleasure to have your hard work recognized, right?

    
Three color options of Manos del Uruguay Lace, a 70% alpaca, 25% silk, 5% cashmere blend. From top, Alvina Aqua, Baku, or Rosetta Pink.

I think this shawl would also be a wonderful wedding gift for a summer bride. Knit in white, winter white, or cream, it would be a lovely heirloom.

We think the Nereid Shawl is such a great project, we've kitted it up for you. Each kit contains a copy of New Vintage Lace and one skein of Manos del Uruguay Lace yarn in your choice of Alvina Aqua, Baku, or Rosetta Pink. This shawl takes just one skein (although that skein is 439 yards!).

Get your Nereid Shawl Kit now, while they're still available; these kits sell out fast!

Cheers,

P.S. When do you wear lace shawls? I've worn them to weddings, dinners al fresco, and even to basketball games. Leave a comment and let us know where you last wore a shawl you knit!

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