Offhand Lace by Caitlin ffrench

Offhand Lace

October 2013
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
7 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 15 - 10.0 mm
301 - 328 yards (275 - 300 m)
One Size- but there are tips included on how to make it larger/smaller
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Note: There are two versions to download… the first contains the pattern to have ribbing in rows 9-12 and the second version (marked SEED in the title) has seed stitch between rows 9-12

My favourite patterns aren’t really patterns. My favourite patterns are recipes.
I don’t follow direction too well, and I get quite distracted sometimes.
So this pattern is a pattern, but it is also a recipe. You can follow it just as written,
and you will end up (hopefully) with a shawl just like the one in the pattern photos…
OR you can take the idea of the pattern and create your own changes.

What sort of changes? First look at the variables of the pattern.
Yarn weight, needle size, order of the patterns, increase placement….
I could go on, but I won’t. If you want a shawl just like the one in the photo,
then follow this pattern as written.
If you want a shawl out of lace weight… then go for it!
Be free, and make something that YOU will love making.
Because really, you are doing this for your own enjoyment.

Also, you should make something for yourself. Oftentimes ‘makers of things’
(this is what we are called) make things for everyone but ourselves.
So please, make something beautiful… and make it for yourself. You are important and special.

Thank you to Softsweater for the photos!!

Yarn: We Will Tell You All Of Our Secrets Chunky Merino-
Dyed with Fennel and mordanted with alum and iron
(96% merino/ 4% nylon wrap- 100m/ 109yds- 100g)
3 skeins (300m/ 327yds)

*** This Yarn is to be released at Knit City 2013 at the ed of October]1

Needles: 10mm- 24” or longer circular needles.
Gauge: 7 sts and 12 rows is 4”X4” in stockinette stitch blocked
Finished size: 80” across and 30” from cast on to cast off.