Twisted Stitch Knitting and . . . Lace?
Lace knitting and twisted stitch knitting don’t normally go together, do they? Twisted stitches are used mainly on items knit with wool, which will really show off the highlighted, textural stitches that twisting results in. The yarn doesn’t necessarily need to be large-gauge; I’ve seen fantastic twisted-stitch mittens and socks.
Some of you may be wondering what a twisted stitch is. It’s simply a knit or purl stitch that’s knit through the back loop, which twists it on the needle. This process makes the stitches stand out on a background, resulting in a great design element.
I think the Catalina Shawl is the first example I’ve seen of twisted stitch knitting used in a lace shawl pattern, although I’m sure there are many examples out there. But just look at this shawl! The ethereal beauty is beyond compare! I want to hug it and squeeze it and give it to a bride. And then ask to borrow it a lot. (Is that rude?)
In this shawl the twisted stitches add texture and character. The knitting begins at the top edge with the twisted-rib pattern. There’s even more texture with the garter ridges that break up the twisted rib every so often, pulling the fabric in just slightly and adding to the exquisiteness.
The beautiful, wide lace border finishes things off, and it even includes a few twisted-stitch elements to add interest to this portion of the shawl, too.
You can see how this simple stitch manipulation creates such an impact! The stitches are tighter, making them great for ribbing on a skirt waist, for example. I knit vertical rib buttonbands on a sweater once, and I didn’t need to change needle sizes because the twisted stitches were a bit tighter than the regular stitches, so they didn’t flop at all. Not having to change needle sizes at the beginning and end of each row was fantastic!
The twisted stitch knitting and gorgeous lace pattern are surprisingly well matched in the Catalina Shawl. The twisted ribbing leads naturally into the lace section, giving this shawl gorgeous drape. And guess what? We consider this an easy lace pattern, so even if you’re a beginning lace knitter, you can trust your skills on this project and get a stunning result.
We’ve kitted this project for you for one-stop shopping, so get your Catalina Shawl Kit today and start doing the twist!
P.S. If you’re interested in the sweater shown in the video, it’s the Twisted V Pullover, and we offer it as a free download!