Do you remember a 1960 movie called Midnight Lace? It was a thriller that starred Doris Day and Rex Harrison. It’s one of the few Doris Day movies I liked.
This entry is not about that movie.
Rather, it is about the Midnight Lace Stole, a shawl designed by Sivia Harding that appears in the book Alt Fiber.
I started knitting mine yesterday, out of Handmaiden Sea Silk in the “Woodland” colorway, with size 8/0 Japanese beads.
Truthfully, I started knitting it Monday night, but ripped out all my progress and started again yesterday, due to some errors in the book. So I’m counting my start date as yesterday.
I spoke (well, emailed) to Sivia Harding about the errors yesterday, and after checking the published pattern against her pattern, she confirmed my findings. She tells me that the corrections have been sent to the publisher and the errata will appear on their website soon.
The design starts with a wedge-shaped piece that goes in the center of the stole. You start at the small end of the wedge and gradually increase stitches as you work towards the wide end. Then you pick up stitches along each long side and knit out from the center for the long ends of the shawl.
The instructions in the book for the center panel are all written out, and refer to some small charts. This gave me fits, as I am a visual kind of gal when it comes to lace. So I charted out the set-up for the center panel.
I emailed the chart to Sivia when I was asking her about what I thought might be typos in the book. In the course of our correspondence, she generously gave me permission to post the chart on my blog, so any of you other visual people who are planning to knit the Midnight Lace Stole can use it. Note that you do need the pattern to be able to knit the shawl — this chart simply covers the set-up of the center panel. Note also that it may differ slightly from the original pattern, but the results will be pretty much the same and it does work with the pattern.
The pdf of the Center Panel Set-up is here. It is also linked to from my “Free Patterns and Help” page (click on the appropriate tab at the top of this page).
Anyhow, here is my progress.
This pattern is really quite easy, and it is a lot of fun to knit. As I said, I’m using Sea Silk (which is the yarn the pattern calls for) on a size 3.25mm needle. The pattern calls for three skeins, in case you are keeping score at home. you could totally use a different laceweight yarn for this — it would be lovely in wool or alpaca. Or cashmere.
Rib and Lace Cardigan
Thank you for all the lovely comments on the Rib and Lace Cardigan.
Roseann asked in the comments how the setting in of the sleeves went. I did mattress-stitch them into the armholes with no problems. The top of the sleeve cap is shaped by a series of bind-offs so it does have the “stair-step” effect, but I just moved in a stitch from the edge when sewing and had no problems.
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