So anyone who knows me in a yarny context also knows that I have a teeny obsession with laceweight yarn. I love working with skinny yarn, and I love the lightweight fabric that it produces. Also, as a person with a large chest and smaller waist, lightweight fabrics are usually the most flattering for me to wear. So why haven't I knit more garments with laceweight?
Short answer: I'm lazy. Long answer: I have lots of ideas, but haven't actually put them into action yet. (See: I'm lazy.)
So here's a few of my favorite non-shawl laceweight patterns paired with potential yarns.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Pure Silk Lace, colorway Mulled Wine.
Notes: I love the delicate, '30s vintage feel of this blouse. It would be a little fiddly to make, and I might grade out to a larger size through the lower body so I can have negative ease in the bust but still keep that lovely hip-skimming silhouette, but I think this would be a great layering piece and a gorgeous addition to my wardrobe.
Pattern: Plotted & Pieced Blouse by Caroline Fryar, from Juniper Moon Farm (also available in print in the Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled Booklet from 2012).
Yarn: Knitted Wit Shimmer, colorway Peacock.
Notes: I've been obsessed with this pattern ever since it came out a few years ago - I love nupps, and I love laceweight, and I think this blouse would be gorgeous executed in a color or in soft white! I can see it going really well with full skirts, which I wear a lot all year.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Prairie, colorway Night Bloom.
Notes: Not-quite-a-shawl, not-quite-a-cardigan, and the perfect use of a soft, slightly glossy single-ply laceweight like Prairie. This pattern is only offered in one size, but I think with the drape of the fabric and intended ease of the garment, it would flatter a variety of sizes and body types. I think this would be a great way to dress up a t-shirt and jeans, or to throw over a sundress on a chilly evening.
Pattern: Laar by Gudrun Johnston, from The Shetland Trader (also available in print in the Shetland Trader - Book 1).
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Lace, colorway Thunderstorm.
Notes: I think this one would work best as a light layer over a camisole or short-sleeved shirt - it almost functions as a blouse on its own. I like the simplicity of the body and sleeves, with just a little bit of interest in the picots and lace yoke detail.
Yarn: Tactile Fiber Arts Studio Arcata Lace, colorway Concord Grape.
Notes: This pattern has been in my queue for a while now. I love the romantic look of this cardigan - it feels very Edwardian to me. Plus, it has nupps! And it's shown in pink!! So of course I love it. As with the other cardigans in this section, this one would be less for warmth as an outer layer, but I do think that it would do well layered with a dress and light jacket.
Yarn: Yarn Chef Crème Brûlée Lace, colorway Raspberry Ice
Notes: I'm intrigued by the idea of making super fussy, gorgeous socks out of laceweight yarn. I don't know how well they would hold up, but I do know that they would be the most beautiful socks ever for as long as they lived. (And then I'd have to make more.) Paired with a cream blouse, navy Pendleton pleated skirt, and mary janes, I can see these socks kicking pretty ass.
(As a side note, if you're interested in more laceweight garments, Juniper Moon Farm has quite a few more pretties in their Findley line of booklets!)
And there you have it! I might have to go swatch for my next 5 billion laceweight projects now. Geez.