I had one ball of Patons Lace yarn in my stash so I decided to try and come up with something to make out of it. The color is called "patina" and fades from charcoal to white and back to charcoal. With such variation in color I wanted the stitches to be very simple so the color and stitch work wouldn't be fighting to get your attention.
After searching about on ravelry.com and finding nothing particularly suited to my purposes I came up with this, the simplest lace pattern ever! Lace is just knitting where you purposely make holes so I decided to make a series of offset holes with a basic border and some garter stitch in between. This would be a great pattern for someone who is just beginning with lace knitting!
Here's the pattern I wrote if you'd like to give it a try!
Beauty In Ashes Shawl
Needle: size 11
Yarn: Patons Lace (patina), 1 skein
Gauge: not imperative to pattern
CO- cast on
k2tog - knit two stitches together
BO- bind off
CO 56 sts
Knit all stitches for 4 rows
Row 1- k 4, *yo, k2tog, k 2* repeat between *s until four sts remain, k 4
Row 2- k 4, p to last four sts, k 4
Row 3- k 4, *k2tog, k 2, yo* repeat between *s until four sts remain, k 4
Row 4 - repeat row 2
Repeat rows 1-4 three times (12 rows total)
knit 12 rows in garter stitch (knitting every row)
alternate sections 1 and 2 until you reach desired length (mine is 59in.), ending with section 1
knit 4 rows in garter stitch then BO all sts.
weave in ends.
I know blocking acrylic isn't necessary but I think it makes the piece look finished. DO NOT IRON! It will melt! I've found that if you wet the finished project and lightly press out the extra water with your hands then lay it out flat to dry in front of a fan you can achieve the desired result.
Have a fantastic Easter weekend everyone!