I just finished a lace shawl for my 90 year old mother. I got the pattern from Heirloom-knitting. It is an easy to knit, and is especially beautiful made of lace weight kid mohair. But…. for my purposes, that being stability and warmth, I chose to knit it with Knitpicks “Gloss” fingering yarn, made of wool and silk.
Here is a photo of it on the bed, drying in the glare of the snow outside.
Here is a close-up.
I did modify the pattern on the top, as my mother will want to close it with some sort of button, or frog. To give it a more stable finish after the finally row of decreases, I just knitted about 4 rows, then worked a Pico edge, to give it the extra stretch that was needed for it to lay out nicely.
As you can see in the photo above, I now have a modified scallop at the top, but it is not as drastic as the one’s on the sides.
The bind off I used was accomplished by casting on one stitch (knitted cast on). Knitting that stitch and the next one, I dropped the first stitch over the second, counting it as one cast off stitch. Next, I cast off 2 more stitches in the normal way.
Slipping the stitch left on the right needle back to the left needle, I began the process again. That’s it! Cast on one, bind off three.
*Note – Because I didn’t go to a smaller needle, as is sometimes recommended for a pico cast off, this method created a small scalloped lace edge. I think it looks great. It works for me!!
You can get this lovely pattern call “Frost and Ice Shawl” at Heirloom-knitting.
Happy Knitting –