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« on: June 19, 2007 11:45:29 AM »

I bought a bunch of lace-weight yarn from Knitpicks to make a clapotis and realized too late that you need worsted to make one.  So now I have 1200 yards of yarn and nothing to make with it.

Any ideas on a good first lace pattern for a shawl or wrap?  The yarn is Shimmer alpaca/silk in the Maple Leaf colorway, if that makes any difference.
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007 12:52:46 PM »

actually i've heard of doubling up on this yarn to make clapotis, but personally i think it would be a bit tricky, what with dropping the stitches and all.    Head on over to the knitalongs, there is a "my first lace shawl-along" going on.  lots of people have already finished, and there are tons of patterns listed throughout the post.  I'm not done with mine quite yet and I started the post!  which reminds me, i do need to update it!  lol


« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2007 05:39:50 PM »

You could do clapotis with lace weight yarnwithout doubling up as well.  You'd just have to do a lot more increase rows to make it the same size, and it wouldn't be as heavy or as thick as the original.  I've done half of one in the same yarn, held single.  It's knitting up nicely, but taking forever (mostly because I haven't worked on it in about 2 years).

For lace shawls, Icarus (from a recent Interweave knits) or Kiri (a free pdf pattern - just google it), are both realtively easy to knit, and use lace weight yarn.  I'm not sure what shape you're looking for, but these are triangles, and a couple of my favourites.

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2007 06:43:18 PM »

A basic feather and fan stitch makes an awesome first lace shawl. It's what I did and it looked fancy without me becoming frustrated by it.

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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2007 06:33:02 AM »

A basic feather and fan stitch makes an awesome first lace shawl. It's what I did and it looked fancy without me becoming frustrated by it.

I second that!  Also, the PI shawl from Elizabeth Zimmerman.  Good for learning increases, yarn overs and decreases as well as knitting in the round from the center out.  The straight knitting in the sections makes it easy. 

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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2007 08:24:38 AM »

Many knitters made clapotis out of doubled Shimmer and used size 8 needles. It might be just a tad smaller than the pattern, but would still be big enough for a wrap. They used 3 skeins, which sounds about what you bought.

« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2007 05:20:27 AM »

Try knittingpatterncentral : tons of free patterns for lace, scarves, and shawl (among all the rest). Couldn't you knit a Clapotis on smaller needles? If you don't want to do something that big on small needles/yarn, a scarf version (or, yeah, doubled?)

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