A dreamy lace shawl and how to fix a forgotten yarn over
The Edmonia Shawl from Interweave Knits Fall 2016 is an absolutely gorgeous lace shawl that—thanks to this yarn choice—transitions flawlessly from season to season.
It’s rare to see a lace shawl that has so many different design elements and still manages to pull off a classic and sophisticated feel. The mesh pattern actually reminds me of my very first non-garter stitch scarf. The stitch called a yarn-over (yo) became a haunting stumbling block.
It was a lovely lace-patterned scarf that (spoiler alert) I finished a couple months ago. But at the time, I had to start the scarf over at least five times because I thought a yarn-over was wrapping the yarn around the needle and then knitting one stitch. I spent the night confused as to why my stitches were not coming out to the correct number and gave up—deciding to wait until the morning when I could run to one of our lovely project editors (really the wizards of knitting) for help.
But I think I really fell for the look of them because the very next project I took up was a hat with a whole yo motif. I know I’m hooked for life, and there’s a very good chance that the next project I undertake (probably a shawl or cowl) will likely be full of yo’s.
And just in case you were curious, here is how my first lace-patterned scarf came out! (Photos by George Boe)
If you want to join the yo train (because who wouldn’t?!), the pattern for the Edmonia lace shawl can be found here, and Anne Hanson (the designer) has a fantastic blog that you should all check out, here!)
We have a couple of great resources for beginning lace knitters, too. If you’re nervous about reading charts, check out this post on how to to read a simple chart, and to learn about placing a lifeline (the name says it all!), we’ve got directions for that, too.
I wish you all happy knitting and would love to see photos if any of you chose to take on the Edmonia lace shawl! Just post them to our Facebook page and use the hashtag #Edmonia.