I’m a lover of lace knitting. The delicacy of the materials, the beauty and intricacy of the design, and the value for money from the yarn. It all adds up to a thoroughly enjoyable part of my knitting. When looking to my next lace project, I always seem to start thinking about my favourite patterns I’ve already conquered.

Over the years lace knitting continues to pique my interest and keep my hands busy. I want to share with you my favourite patterns from that journey so far. Whether you are new to lace knitting, a seasoned pro, or stuck in a rut, maybe something here will inspire you.

1 ~ Aeolian Shawl by Elizabeth Freeman

This is a free pattern and is the one that sucked me into the lace knitting world in the first place. This is why I learnt lace knitting. I’ve made three of these as gifts since the very first one below, which remains to this day in my possession.

Design: Aeolian Shawl by Elizabeth Freeman

Design: Aeolian Shawl by Elizabeth Freeman

2 ~ Iris – Goddess of Rainbow Shawl by Natascha Vögele

Next, this was from one of the first KAL’s I ever participated in. It may have even been the first… anyway, this is such a versatile and customisable pattern designed to make the most of a wildly multi-coloured yarn. Not strictly lace, but the dropped stitches and loopy edge are a great introduction to openwork fabrics.

Design: Iris - Goddess of Rainbow Shawl by Natascha Vögele

Design: Iris – Goddess of Rainbow Shawl by Natascha Vögele

3 ~ In Dreams Mystery Shawl by Susan Pandorf

This sat in my Ravelry queue for years. Genuinely, years. So super gorgeous, but lots of beads. And I was a little nervous about casting on. I eventually bit the bullet (without all the beads) and I created this as part of a swap to a very important knitting friend I met all because of Ravelry.

Design: In Dreams Mystery Shawl by Susan Pandorf

Design: In Dreams Mystery Shawl by Susan Pandorf

4 ~ Thin Ice by Jon Dunn-Ballam

This was my first “club” experience. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, this is where you sign up to receive yarn not knowing the specifics of what you will get. The excitement is in the mystery. This particular kit included a new mystery pattern, new mystery exclusive yarn colour, and bonus goody. Oh, and it is being modelled by our 2012 snowman!

Design: Thin Ice by Jon Dunn-Ballam

Design: Thin Ice by Jon Dunn-Ballam

5 ~ Spellbound by Boo Knits

This pattern comes in two options. An all-over lace design, as shown below in the Gradiance Yarns Custard Cream colourway, and a solid centre and lace edge version. Beads are added to the border only, and makes for a surprisingly quick but magnificent knit.

Design: Spellbound by Booknits

Design: Spellbound by Boo Knits

These are the first five of my favourite lace knitting patterns. Have you made any of these? What do you think my next five will be? What are the favourite lace knitting patterns that you’ve made?

P.S. All photos are of my own projects.


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