Knit up some summer

My beautiful new rose

My beautiful new rose

We’ve been working in our yard a lot lately, tending to our rose garden and planting new clamatis varieties. Our hosta beds are gorgeous! We finally found a coveted rose to put in this year, David Austin’s Graham Thomas; it’s absolutely stunning, as you can see from the photo at right. It’s a climber, and I can’t wait for it to grow and cover its trellis with beautiful sun-gold blossoms.

I spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, but that doesn’t mean I stop knitting. Right now I’m finishing up my Kayleen tee, and getting ready to cast-on a lace shawl. I’m going to knit the Pembroke Shawl.

Lace projects are perfect for knitting and wearing in the summertime. They’re light and airy, and, as I’ve mentioned before, perfect for throwing over your shoulders when the air conditioning is set a notch too high.

Interweave Knits editor Lisa Shroyer is a summer lace knitter, too, and she’s here to recommend some beautiful patterns and tutorials to you.

Knitting in the Sun

Hello, sunshine.


Sunflower Doily

Isn’t this a gorgeous knitted lace doily? It’s from the book New Vintage Lace by Andrea Jurgrau, and it feels like May sunshine and southern warmth to me. Summer is coming!

This book is really fascinating—Andrea introduces us to traditional doily knitting, but then updates the motifs and methods by providing wearable projects based upon them. Not everyone needs a delicate lace piece on their cherry-wood side table—but what knitter doesn’t need a shawl? If you’re intrigued by historical knitting but live in the 21st century, I think you’ll love this book.

Andrea takes this sunshiney doily and interprets the design into this:


Sunflower Shawl

You can see the similarities in motif and background pattern and the “spine” lines of shaping when you look at the doily and shawl side by side. And of course, they’re both gloriously sunny! I love the way the dark color of the model’s dress shows through the lace of the shawl here.

The book includes many more shawl and accessory patterns. Andrea shows how she creates her patterns, lifting or creating and adjusting individual motifs, then reworking and combining them into original, unique works of wearable art.

Split leaf lace shawl

Split leaf lace shawl

If you’re intrigued by the designer’s approach to lace knitting, another resource you should check out is the Designing Simple Lace Scarves web seminar. In this recorded audio/visual lecture, master technician JC Briar introduces us to the concept of Stitch Maps, a visual way to depict lace knitting patterns, and how to use Stitch Maps to design your own projects, starting with a basic scarf. If you’ve had trouble following lace knitting charts, you may find this representative style more helpful.

For a limited time, we’re offering these products together in our Simple, Vintage Knitted Lace bundle. With this great product, you’ll be occupied with technique, new patterns, and different ways of thinking about lace for the sunny months to come.

Yarnover with bliss.

—Lisa Shroyer, Editor, Interweave Knits

Knit a bit of sunshine for yourself. Get the Simple, Vintage Knitted Lace bundle and cast on a knit lace shawl.


P.S. What are your plans for the summer? Leave a comment and let us know!

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