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Topic: Lace shell by Michelle Ciccariello, anyone?  (Read 5895 times)
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« on: January 25, 2006 11:42:38 PM »

so, i just started this beautiful lace shell -- free pattern available on elann.com here: http://secure.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=106024

and i'm REALLY incredibly nervous about it.  1) its my first real attempt at lace  2) the yarn and needles seem so teensy 3) i've never used a lifeline and 4) its really late at night. 

i figure i have a pretty long time before the northeastern united states actually gets warm enough to wear this thing -- if i can finish it sucessfully -- but i want someone (or someones!) to hold my hand through it.

anyone interesed in a KAL???  pretty please. 

my yarn is the same as recommended but in naples teal.  its beautiful and soft.  i've just finished the neck and i basically have an inch of moss stitch that i want to just magically grow into some beautiful lace stitch.

so join me!  what adventures we will have!!


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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2006 05:27:22 AM »

I'm in!  I have this silk yarn I picked up at -- of all places -- the dented can store, 50 cents a skein.  It would be perfect for this.  I live in Florida so the pattern is perfect.  I hope I can keep up.  I am a slow knitter and would be my first lace. 

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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2006 08:40:00 AM »

yeah!!!  welcome welcome.  i am not that fast of a knitter either.  but i am feeling particularly excited about this.  awesome deal on the yarn.  what color is it?

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2006 09:30:19 AM »

It's a light blue.  I'm not really a light blue person so it's been sitting in my stash for awhile.  I've thought about dying it........  but truth is, this pattern would work in a lt blue.  I just hope it will work with this yarn since the yarn is a bit nubby.  Of course the texture of the yarn would hide mistakes also so I have my fingers crossed.  Heck, if working the pattern in this yarn is not the best choice, I'm still in.  I'll just have to find a nice cotton.

Knitting is such a stupid hobby when you live in Florida and since I haven't convinced my husband to move to a colder climate this is the next best thing  Grin

« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2006 02:37:48 PM »

I am sooooo in!!! I printed out this pattern a few days ago and an now just looking for yarn to use...Good thing that my LYS is having a sale!!!!! What weight of yarn is everyone using? It calls for Aran weight if I'm ccorrect but I'm not too sure.
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2006 06:21:02 PM »

I started this in Simply Soft but it's waiting to be frogged because I got six inches down before taking the time to read how to incorporate raglan increases into a lace pattern. But definitely, count me in.

I'm planning on ribbing the waist and taking the neckline down into sexy territory.

That's right, sexy territory.

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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2006 10:53:21 PM »

buzybeebee24, i am using aran weight yarn.  actually, this is the first project i've ever done without substituting yarns.  i'm using the endless summer cotton that i ordered from elann...beautiful silky shiny teal.  the price couldn't be beat at under $11 for the whole top!  but i am already feeling frustrated with such tiny stitches.  the moss stitch neckline seemed to go fast enough. but now that i am trying to teach myself how to knit lace AND working with such skinny yarn (for me anyways) i feel like i am losing my eyesight.  i haven't yet lost my patience though.

and corabeanqueen, i am totally taking the neckline down to sexy territory.  i'll have to wear a cami underneath anyways because of the lace, so why not go for it?  that stinks that you have to frog six inches.  you must be a pretty quick knitter because i barely have 2 inches and am already paranoid that i might have to tear out all my hard work. 

i don't know if i could do this without emotional knitter support, so thanks all for joining me.

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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2006 01:34:43 PM »

OMG thank god i found you all!!!  This pattern is driving me nuts!  I'm using butterfly cotton in a sort of maroon colour.  I understand the 'stitches in queue' thing, but it seems like my lace never lines up right or i dont have enough stitches in some sections to do anything but stkntte.  Am I missing something?  I do my raglan increases on the purl side, either side of the markers, but should i be increasing on the lace side too?
ps im extending the neckline too lol

« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2006 08:00:10 PM »

i love this top- it's so pretty. i just dont know if i can do it. i have some WOTA on the way and i cant decide what to do with it. i want to make a lace shawl, but this is yanking me....

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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2006 11:26:47 PM »

I am so glad I found this thread! I started knitting this for the Knitting Olympics, and I made some progress. Tongue Here are some pics. I am using the recommended yarn (Elann Endless Summer Connemara, in Naples Teal) like dialectic material is.

I made the mistake of not following this part:
When you have increased enough times so that the stitches in queue equal another repeat of the stitch pattern, remove the extra markers and knit the sts in lace pattern. Repeat this cycle.

Oh well. I am so close to the part where I will be doing stockinette. I decided to take out the middle lace panel and the bottom lace... just because I don't like them for me. So its just straight stockinette after my boobs!

And I am taking the neckline down into sexy territory too.  Wink
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