Since we created The Simple Collection last year, we have wanted to bring a simple and clear beginner lace pattern to our knitters (and make a useful free pattern and tutorial for knitting teachers too!).
Emily originally created the Gothic Lace pattern for the beginner lace class she taught at Urban Yarns in Vancouver; but we are now making it free to all, with lace tutorials to get you started!
Gothic Lace features a simple, symmetrical, and repetitive lace pattern worked in worsted or aran weight yarn. Following this free pattern you can make a short cowl in just a few hours, or a longer cowl or scarf by spending a bit more time! The pattern includes both a lace chart and line-by-line text instructions, so that you can compare the two, and become comfortable knitting from a chart.
We have created an in-depth tutorial to guide you through all the steps required to learn lace and make this lovely lace project yourself! Grab some yarn, needles, and follow along with our ‘Let’s Knit Lace’ tutorial if you aren’t already comfortable with lace.
::: Gothic Lace Project Details :::
Pattern: Free Pattern – download now!
Sizing: Short (Long) cowl is approximately 10 inches wide by 23 (46) inches long. Scarf is approximately 8 inches wide by 60 inches long. Finished size will vary depending on yarn, gauge, and how aggressively you block the finished piece.
Yarn: 200 (400, 400) yds worsted / aran weight yarn for short cowl (long cowl, scarf). Sample shown in Malabrigo Worsted in ‘frost grey’
Needles: US #8 / 5mm needles
Gauge: 18 sts / 4″ in stockinette stitch… but as sizing is not crucial for this project, so achieving precise gauge isn’t too important.
Notions: stitch markers, darning needle, 8 buttons (if desired), 5mm crochet hook (for crochet button loop detail)
We love to share knit know-how and techniques, but most of all, we love the beautiful result! This cozy cowl has a beautiful structural pattern which shows up best in solids or kettle dyed yarns. You can use this project to showcase a set of beautiful buttons, or simply sew the ends of the cowl together if you don’t want to bother with buttonholes!
I have finished my cowl with a delicate crocheted button loop detail, but if crochet makes you feel a little queasy, there are instructions for how to work simple knit buttonholes… or for an even easier finish just sew the ends together, no buttonholes required!
This cute and snuggly accessory looks great in a range of colours… here are a few example photos from my test knitters projects.
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