Heliconia Wrap and 7 More Lace Knitting Patterns
The moment Noriko Ho’s Heliconia Wrap arrived in the office, I needed to have it in my life. Lace knitting patterns are perfect for summer, and this one is just the perfect kind of lightweight wrap to throw on over anything this time of year.
An easy lace knitting pattern is worked in the body of two separate panels that are seamed together up the back and sides to form this simple open front kimono-style cardigan. Twisted rib forms the edges, and the bottom of the wrap are finished with easy i-cord.
I absolutely love the color Noriko used to knit her sample (it’s The Fibre Company Meadow in Cosmos), but I wanted to change it up a bit for my version. I used The Fibre Company Meadow in Red Clover to knit my own.
There’s only two sizes listed in the pattern because this wrap is so generously oversized, it fits a wide range of sizes. For instance, my bust is about 10″ larger than the model wearing the sample in the photos above, and I knit the same size as the sample. Choosing a size depends on just how oversized you want to wear your own version.
Knitting begins with a provisional cast-on, so that you can easily add the I-cord edge in finishing, and after that, it’s pretty simple! The lace stitch pattern is easy to memorize, the shaping is gentle and easy, and knitting the panels became quite addictive. This is the kind of lace knitting that, once you get the hang of it, you don’t have to pay too much attention to it and can watch a lot of TV or chat with friends while working on it.
This is one of my favorite patterns from Knitscene Summer 2016, but we have 18 other fantastic patterns in this issue, including 7 additional lace knitting patterns.
Featured designer Heather Zoppetti uses a lace mesh to form the body of her Capillary Scarf…
…while Corrina Ferguson’s Alpinia Tank and Kerri Blumer’s Cordia Tank, from the Tropical Heatwave story, both create stunning sleeveless knit tees using lace. The Alpinia Tank (top) uses lace all over this top-down sleeveless tee. Cordia, on the other hand, has super simple eyelets alongside cables for a stunning neck piece.
From our Indigo Blues story, Amy Christoffers’ Anil Cardigan has an eye-catching lace pattern running across the shoulders. Jessica Anderson’s Mere Skirt uses a simple lace stitch to add a bit of flare to an A-line skirt.
Sachiko Burgin’s Tinctoria Tee places diagonal eyelet lace at either side of the body for a breezy tunic, and finally, the Seiche Tank from Yoko Johnston places a bold bit of lace at the neckline and center front of a swingy tank top.
If you’re not into lace knitting patterns, never fear! We’ve got 11 other great knitting patterns in this issue of Knitscene, along with a super-sized Pattern Play from Kate Atherley, all about choosing the right size to knit, including how to measure bust circumference and other key measurements on your body, to knit sweaters you want to wear all the time.