Two of my misconceptions about lace were shattered upon writing this article:
- Lace patterns are all difficult and outside my range, possibly forever.
- Lace patterns are all frou-frou and will not match my modern style.
Ravelry pleasantly surprised me with pages of diverse, chic lace patterns that were well-within my comfort zone of beginner knitting. Whether you’re a colorway queen or prefer muted elegance, these five knitting patterns offer a painless introduction to the art of lace.
Sketchbook Shawl by Suvi Simola
Soft and ethereal, this lightweight shawl is a dream for first-time lace knitters. It is as pleasurable to create as it is to wear. Regardless of the you choose, the contrasting weave and bold diagonal texture change make for a timeless, classic addition to any wardrobe.
Moss & Deer Horns by Sylvia McFadden
Mid-morning forest frollicking comes to mind when I see this hat. Knit in the round with a tried-and-true brim and familiar stitches, the stand-out lacework combined with gently overlapping cables makes for a unique, unisex cap.
Stormy Sky Shawl by Life is Cozy
This is the pattern for that special skein of yarn you’ve been saving deep in your stash. Learn more than one lace technique in this special, single-skein shawl and choose a color that accents your favorite walk in the park sweater. My favorite part of this pattern? Tassels, of course.
Jeera by Hilary Smith Callis
Take any cardigan from elemental to extraordinary with this chunky lace cowl. Gradually increase your comfort level knitting lace in the round, pairing a garter stitch with a simple open texture. I consider the picot border to be the perfect icing on this cowl-cake.
Orchard Grass Stole by Ashley Yousling
This stole radiates elegance and offers numerous styling opportunities. Essentially a wide rectangle, your lacework will shine draped over your shoulder, encircling your neck, or casually relaxed at the elbow. Don’t forget your pin!
Amelia Bartlett is a new knitter, long-time crocheter, and enthusiastic writer and photographer. You can follow her through her website, Instagram, and on Steemit, where she shares a variety of content on everything from woman-run business practices to hand-blended teas!