I may have mentioned before I love knitting lace. Love it. I get tremendous satisfaction out of carefully making sure that each individual decrease and yarn over is in exactly the right place. I love seeing the pattern unfold and then there’s the moment of blocking where it transforms from a crumpled up mess into something delicate and intricate.
My very first lace project was the Luna Moth Shawl pictured above. The pattern was recommended to me by one of the ladies in my local yarn shop as suitable for beginners. Mind you, I was a beginning knitter at that point, never mind a beginning lace knitter. She sold me appropriate yarn and needles and also gave me the invaluable advice: it’s still just one stitch at a time. Don’t get overwhelmed, don’t rush, just take it one stitch at a time.
And so I got started. My word, was it a steep learning curve. The garter tab cast on straight away had me baffled, but I figured it out. I learned to read charts, how to use stitch markers and lifelines. Oh, how I used the lifelines! I also figured out how to tink back and started to recognise how the stitches look in my knitting.
It took me a long time to complete that shawl, and at times I really wanted to give up on frustration when I had made yet another mistake, but I kept going and eventually it was done.
That shawl I gifted to a very dear friend of mine who still wears and treasures it. I’ve knitted quite a few lace shawls since then, many of which were far more complicated, but this first one will always hold a special place in my heart.