I’m a gal that likes a good challenge. Earlier this year, my friend Andrea asked me if I’d like to participate in a mini-knit-along with her. The objective was to knit the Forest Path Stole. If you are a knitter, you know that this is a pretty challenging stole. For those not in the know, it involves not only lace which is notoriously finicky to knit, but it also involves a technique called entrelac. Basically, entrelac involves knitting a base row of triangles, then picking up stitches from these triangles to knit squares in one direction and then doing the same on the way back. The rows of squares build up to make a basket weave pattern. So anyway, this shawl was no joke.
Mine isn’t quite as substantial as the original as I only had a limited amount of my yarn of choice. I had to knit a lesser amount of rows and I omitted the bottom, top and side borders. Despite that, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out and it’s great to cover the shoulders with while reading a book in bed with the fan on! You’d be surprised at how warm a simple knitted lace shawl is!
Here is a close-up of the lace pattern. You can see how the rectangles are oriented to make a basket weave pattern. There were also four different lace charts in this one pattern but after knitting them so much, they became a bit more routine. Like anything, the more you do it, the easier it becomes!
Of course I couldn’t resist wearing it in a silly fashion. I’m a pretty silly person by nature actually (I love a good pun).
I’m currently working on another knitted lace shawl which has been languishing in my knitting basket. I’ve suddenly decided that I have TOO MANY projects sitting around in half-finished states around the house and I’m working mightily to remedy that. I’m going to limit myself to one “upstairs” project; sewing related usually since that is where the sewing machines are located and one “downstairs” project; usually knitting since it’s a project I can do while watching re-runs on Netflix!
What are ya’ll working on these days? Anyone busting out fall projects yet?