Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Quick gift patterns: lace

Today: ten eleven fabulous lace patterns. Check back tomorrow and Thursday for my top ten texture, and plain and simple patterns. Read the intro to the series here.

All these patterns use less than 300 yarns of yarn; most of them much less. That means you should be able to get them knitted in a week without too much trouble. All are easily available, either instantly online or in magazines currently on the newsstands. Many are free; others cost a few dollars. Some are widely known, others are unsung gems or rediscovered from past years. Enjoy!


  1. Snowdrop beret from Marya Speton (free pattern). There are lots of lacy beret patterns available. This one is very pretty but underappreciated. It uses 200 yards of worsted-weight yarn or 150 yards of DK weight (pattern is written for one skein of Cascade 220).
  2. Fayfay scarf from Popknits (free pattern). This lacy little scarf with an un-grandmotherly look uses one ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze but could also be knit in heavier yarn. Another underappreciated pattern.
  3. Ice Queen cowl by Rosemary Hill from Knitty (free pattern). This beaded lace cowl uses one ball of Kidsilk Haze, and it is gorgeous. You could knit a quicker version without the beads (you saw mine in last week's blog post). I explained my modifications on my Ravelry project page.
  4. Easy lace fingerless mittens from Kathleen Taylor (free pattern). Mitts in a pretty lacy rib with ribbed cuffs use 220 yards of worsted weight yarn.
  5. Linga beret from Gudrun Johnston of Shetland Trader. Uses 210 yards of DK wool; interesting design with a wide band of Shetland lace motifs around the wide part of the hat.
  6. Veyla fingerless gloves by Ysolda Teague. 160-185 yards of fingering weight yarn. Stockinette hands with little lacy details, and a beautiful wide sideways lace cuff that buttons closed. Two sizes.
  7. Fallen Leaf Frilled Triangular Scarflette from Cotton & Cloud. One ball of Kidsilk Haze, a pretty undulating lace pattern, and a frilled edge.

  8. Cowgirl Slipper Socks from Interweave Knits. Stockinette anklets with feather-and-fan lace cuff, worked from the top down. Uses 240 yards worsted-weight yarn (pattern is written for Buffalo Gold; these would be wonderful in any luxurious worsted weight). Note: pattern correction here.

  9. Mineco market bag from Tidewater Knits (free pattern). Seamless mesh bag with solid bottom uses 240 yards of worsted-weight cotton.

  10. Wisp (free pattern). This simple scarf in laceweight mohair may be buttoned to itself and worn as a hood, cowl or capelet also. Uses 230-300 yards of Elann Super Kydd or Kidsilk Haze. Also lovely in fingering-weight or heavier yarn.
  11. One more for good measure: Ivy Vines cowl from Knitspot. Lacy cowl pattern in two sizes uses 120-150 yards of sport or DK weight yarn.

Monday: patterns with color 
Wednesday: patterns with texture
Thursday: plain & simple patterns
Friday: miscellaneous gems


  1. Love the Fallen Leaf Scarflette, and hadn't seen it. Thanks for the pointer!

  2. Thanks for listing my Snowdrop Beret and I discovered some other last-minute pattern gems from your list as well! I think I will try the Fayfay in a worsted.

  3. Hi,

    I have a pattern for my lacy Raspberry Beret on my blog which is free, if anyone wants to check it out. Just click my name above.