Recently noted

With the end of summer in sight, I’ve been itching to undertake some new projects. My mind has been wandering in the direction of lace, shawls, and crochet. To that end, I have:

  • Purchased two skeins of lace yarn from Sundara Yarn (one skein of lace silky merino in Earth Studies #198, and one skein of silk lace in Fire Studies #118).

  • Started a new shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush, the Lehe Square Shawl, using the lace silky merino skein mentioned above.
  • Started a crochet project as well, the Alpine Frost Scarf from The Best of Interweave Crochet, using a merino/tencel fingering weight from the stash.

But more about that later. What I think I really want to make is something which combines all three: lace, shawl, and crochet.

I’ve been browsing Ravelry, looking for just the perfect thing. This reminded me of my friend savannahchik knits Jody, whose blog I’ve been reading since… probably 2005, when I first learned to knit. Jody does these fabulous Ravelry roundups on her blog. She searches Ravelry for new-to-her designers, or interesting types of patterns, or techniques, or yarns, finds a small collection, and writes about them on her blog. I enjoy her posts very much: they always showcase something or someone new to me.

I wanted to share with you the patterns I’ve gathered in my quest for the perfect lace + shawl + crochet project, similar to the way Jody would do.

These three shawls (are they not amazing?!?) were designed by Bernadette Ambergen on Ravelry, a new-to-me designer. They are Wisteria, Miitu, and Oswim, from left to right. These shawls look pretty complex to me, and I think this fall I’m ready for a challenge!

These three shawls are all by different designers. From left to right, they are: Fantasm by Cheri McEwen, Maia Shawl by Lisa Naskrent, and Venus by Aoibhe Ni. I am intrigued about how shawl shaping is accomplished in crochet versus knitting, and any of these would be a great way to learn.

What do you think about these 6 choices? Are there other crochet lace shawls that are worthwhile noting?

To end, here’s my sweet boy, 26 months old, rocking some headbands.


7 thoughts on “Recently noted

  1. Tami

    Those shawls all look great! A few I have favorited are: Borealis Shawl by Cal Patch, Flores de Invierno by Gabriela, Midsummer Night’s Shawl by Lisa Naskrent, and Cassandra Shawl by Lily Go.

  2. jody

    thanks for the kind words! i’m glad you enjoy the Friday Faves. i enjoy pulling them together, too.

    as for your roundup – wow! i know how to crochet but haven’t used it for more than small utility as a part of knitting in 30 years. but those pattern? they’re really enticing. Oswin looks so light and wearable. i have to admit that part of me was taking it apart in my head to think how i might be able to do it with knitting.

    you know, when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail.

  3. Amy

    Well, Wisteria looks most appealing to me, but I looked at it on Rav and the rest of it makes it less appealing. I would make the ends and change the middle to something more solid.

    Love that Gregory! Clearly a young fashion icon! :)

  4. Seanna Lea

    I’m not super comfortable with crochet, but all of these look gorgeous and like something I’d want to wear. I think my favorite of the bunch is Oswim, but the others are all awesome too.

  5. Beth in Maryland

    I’m liking Oswin, but they are all beautiful. Although they don’t hold a candle to Gregory.

    Thanks for the info about Friday Faves. I love it!

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