Ley Lines is the fourth pattern from the SongLines collection. I shouldn't have favorites, but if I did I think this one would be in the top of recent favorite designs. It's simple, but not plain. There's lace, but it's balanced with stockinette. Some color, but not too much. Ley Lines is a shawl I would wear.
I love the challenge of designing and knitting a complex lace piece, but I often don't wear them. My personal style leans much more toward the designs in SongLines. Clean, relatively simple, slightly textured, and wearable on an every day basis.
I designed this shawl using Spud & Chloe Fine yarn, a blend of 80% wool and 20% silk. It blocked great and the lace detail is nice and crisp, as you can see in the photos. I was surprised by how much the yarn stretched. Granted, I'm a pretty loose knitter, so all of my shawls block out pretty far.
(Interested in more about the yarn? Read my review.)
|Shawl pin by Cacklin Hen Designs|
Ley Lines would also work great in my Dye-A-Tonic sock yarn. You'd only need 1 skein of the main color (463 yards) and one of the second color. The coordinating color stripes (the orange bits) don't use much yarn, so really you could use any odd leftovers you have. Maybe even use 4 different coordinating color? (Two stripes of each.) That could be fun, and a great way to use small scraps that you couldn't make yourself throw away. You know you have some. I do. I keep all my tiny leftover sock yarn rolled into mini cakes in a basket in my yarn room. I can never figure out what to do with them, but I can't just put them in the garbage!
Ley Lines is a bottom up shawl with patterning on both sides. The first half is knit in a wave lace interspersed with slipped stitch lines worked in a coordinating color. Decreases occur at the begin and end of each row resulting in two stitches decreased per row. Section two of the shawl is knit in stockinette using a single color.
In order to create the 1-row lines of coordinating color you’ll be working consecutive right side and wrong side rows. (A circular needle is essential in being able to do this!) Each row of the pattern indicates whether it is a RS or WS row. When you work a RS (or WS) row and see another RS (or WS) row immediately after you’ll simply slide your stitches back to the left needle and work another row without turning your piece.
Sections one and two of the shawl are charted and written. The final section (all stockinette) is written only.
Spud & Chloe, Fine, [80% wool / 20% silk; 248 yds (227m); 65g; fingering weight],
2 skeins Hippo; 1 skein Clementine
Gauge (before blocking)
22 sts & 26 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch
58” wingspan x 16” deep (before blocking)
66” wingspan x 19” deep (after blocking)
US 5 / 3.75mm 32” or longer circular needle
Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.
1 locking stitch marker,
Tapestry needle for weaving ends.