Thursday, April 18, 2013

5 beautiful lace stitches for summer knits

We've patiently waited for spring to come and now, when it's here (hooray to warm sunny days :-)) it's time to think about cool knits for hot summer weather. And what can be cooler than lacy wrap / tunic / top / dress? Probably only a can of freezing Coke beats that :-)

Here are 5 most beautiful lacy stitches you can use for your spring / summer projects. Enjoy!

1.  Lacy lace with grape cluster motif – this pattern will make a wonderful summer sweater or shawl. If you use bamboo yarn for your project, you will feel comfortable even in hot weather.

Yarn shown in this swatch: Knitca Lovely 100% bamboo yarn, color 0123 Tangerine

Instructions:
Cast on multiple of 10 + 1 stitches. Add 2 more selvage stitches if you want to make a nice-looking edge.
Row 1 (right side): k2tog, k3, *yo, k1, yo, k3, k3tog, k3*, repeat from * to * to last 7 sts, then yo, k1, yo, k3, k2tog.
Row 2 and every wrong side row: purl all stitches.
Row 3 (right side): k2tog, k2, yo, *k3, yo, k2, k3tog, k2, yo*, repeat from * to * to last 7 sts, k3, yo, k2, k2tog.
Row 5 (right side): k2tog, k1, yo, k1, *yo, k3tog, yo, k1, yo, k1, k3tog, k1, yo, k1*, repeat from * to * to last 7 sts, then yo, k3tog, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog.
Row 7 (right side): k2tog, yo, k2, *k5, yo, k3tog, yo, k2*, repeat from * to * to last 7 sts, then k5, yo, k2tog.
Row 9 (right side): k2, yo, k3tog, *yo, k1, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, k3tog*, repeat from * to * to last 7 sts, then yo, k1, yo, k3tog, yo, k2.
Row 11 (right side): knit all stitches.
Row 13 (right side): k1, yo, k2, *k1, k3tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k2*, repeat from * to * to last 7 sts, then k1, k3tog, k3, yo, k1.
Row 15 (right side): k2, yo, k1, *k1, k3tog, k2, yo, k3, yo, k1*, repeat from * to * to last 7 sts, then k1, k3tog, k2, yo, k2.
Row 17 (right side): k2tog, yo, k1, yo, *k1, k3tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k3tog, yo, k1, yo*, repeat from * to * to last 7 sts, then k1, k3tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k2tog.
Row 19 (right side): k4, *yo, k3tog, yo, k7*, repeat from * to * to last 7 sts, then yo, k3tog, yo, k4.
Row 21 (right side): k1, yo, k3tog, yo, *k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k1, yo, k3tog, yo*, repeat from * to * to last 7 sts, then k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k1.
Row 23 (right side): knit all stitches.
Repeat rows 1-24 till necessary for completing your project.

You can also work according to the chart available at http://www.knitca.com/lace3
All abbreviations are explained in the Key to Chart.


2. Here's a lace with a twist. A simple cable here and there makes this stitch pattern attractive and eye-catching. It's a perfect stitch to decorate your spring / summer knits.

Yarn shown in this swatch:
Knitca Socks 75% superwash merino wool 25% nylon yarn, color 2635 Lilac

Instructions:
Cast on a multiple of 8 stitches. Add 2 selvage stitches if you want to make a nice-looking edge.
Row 1 (right side): *SSK, yo, k2*, repeat from * to * to end.
Row 2 and every wrong side row: *p2tog, yo, p2*, repeat from * to * to end.
Row 3 (right side): *4 stitches right cable, SSK, yo, k2*, repeat from * to * to end.
Row 5 (right side): *SSK, yo, k2*, repeat from * to * to end.
Row 7 (right side): *SSK, yo, k2, 4 stitches right cable*, repeat from * to * to end.
Repeat rows 1-8 as necessary for completing your project.

You can also work according to chart available at http://www.knitca.com/lace18
All abbreviations are explained in the Key to Chart.

3. This stitch creates a simple yet cute mesh pattern - perfect if you want to make a light sweater / cardigan / shrug for hot summer days and cool summer nights. This pattern is easy to knit and easy to remember, so you can knit on the go. If you choose bamboo yarn for your project (as I did) you’ll feel comfortable whole summer.

Yarn shown in this swatch: Knitca Lovely 100% bamboo yarn, color 7527 Warm Gray

Instructions:
Cast on an even number of stitches. Add 2 more selvage stitches if you want to make a nice-looking edge.  
Row 1 (right side): *1 yarn over, knit 2 stitches together*, repeat from * to * as necessary.
Row 2 and every wrong side row: purl all stitches.
Row 3 (right side): * knit 2 stitches together, 1 yarn over*, repeat from * to * as necessary.
Repeat rows 1-4 till necessary for completing your project.

You can also work according to the chart  available at http://www.knitca.com/lace5 

4. Perfect stitch pattern for any spring / summer wrap, tunic or cardigan. It's easy to knit and easy to remember, simple but not plain with just enough lace to make it interesting.

Yarn shown in this swatch: Knitca Lovely 100% bamboo yarn, color 0163 Peach

Instructions:
Cast on a multiple of 6 stitches. Add 2 selvage stitches if you want to make a nice-looking edge.
Row 1 (right side): *k3, yo, double vertical decrease, yo*, repeat from * to * to end.
Row 2 and every wrong side row: purl all stitches.
Row 3 (right side): *yo, double vertical decrease, yo, k3*, repeat from * to * to end.
Repeat rows 1-4 as necessary for completing your project.

You can also work according to the chart  available at http://www.knitca.com/lace17
All abbreviations are explained in the Key to Chart.

5.  As the weather gets warmer we want to wear something weightless. This semi-transparent stitch pattern will make a perfect top for hot summer. Easy to knit, pleasant to wear. If you use bamboo yarn for your project, you will feel comfortable even in hot weather.

Yarn shown in this swatch: Knitca Lovely 100% bamboo yarn, color 4755 Tan.

Instructions: 
Cast on multiple of 4 + 2 stitches. Add 2 more selvage stitches if you want to make a nice-looking edge.
Row 1 (right side): k1, *SSK, 2yo, k2tog*, repeat from * to * to last stitch, then k1.
Row 2 (wrong side): p1 *p2, k1, p1* repeat from * to * as necessary, then p1.
Repeat rows 1-2 till necessary for completing your project.

You can also work according to the chart  available at http://www.knitca.com/lace4
All abbreviations are explained in the Key to Chart.

Happy knitting :-)


 

2 comments:

  1. This is so topical and I've been looking for a stitch similar to No. 3 - thank you so much for helping!

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  2. I reblogged this, I hope you don't mind. I want to try no.2 on my next sweater.
    http://craftyprojectsilike.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/lacy-pattern-stitches/

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