Monday, April 19, 2010

CONTEST: Tell Piggy What to Knit!

As much as Piggy likes to tout her self-appointed status as Queen of the Pre-Process Knitters, I think it's time to actually get some serious knitting done. To commit to a large project, and to see it through to the end.

The sort of project that will demand huge sacrifices of Piggy's available free time, beloved stash (both embarassingly plentiful, I must admit), and will tax my patience and wits (rather more scarce).

Oh, and lifelines. Likely several, in fact. Yep, I'm talking about lace.

And I'm bringing you along for what is almost certain to be a train wreck of epic proportions an eventful ride. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to select a lace stole pattern for me to knit this term (May-July) for my Charms O.W.L. in the Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup (henceforth HPKCHC). And in return, I will be giving away some prizes.

I need a knitting pattern for a lace stole/wrap in either laceweight or fingering-weight yarn that:
  • is not perfectly triangular -- Piggy's posterior is quite big enough that it doesn't need a sharp arrow pointing to it, thank you very much -- rectangular would be ideal;
  • requires at least 732 metres/800 yards of yarn (per the HPKCHC rules for the Charms O.W.L.);
  • should be reasonably challenging but not sanity-threatening for a lace novice to complete within three months;
  • is available in English; and
  • is available as a Ravelry download, from Twist Collective OR another online source that accepts PayPal cheques (Piggy doesn't use credit cards!) -- either free or for a maximum cost of US $10.

Clear as mud? Good stuff. So here's how this will work:

  • leave a comment after this post with the name of your pattern suggestion(s) by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday, April 25;
  • try not to suggest a pattern already entered above your comment: only the first nomination of a pattern will count; I've made a folder of the nominees so far in my Ravelry queue;
  • I will select a short list of no more than five patterns, which I will post as a poll;
  • voting will be open until 9 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday, May 1; I will post the results within the following hour; and
  • the pattern that receives the most votes will be my O.W.L. project; the reader who nominated the pattern will receive one skein of Wollmeise yarn from my stash -- her/his choice of 100% Merino Superwash in the Sabrina colourway OR Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin in the Pfefferminz Prinz colourway.

But wait -- there's more! If you nominated one of the non-winning short-listed patterns, I'll send you one skein of Malabrigo Lace -- in the Vaa colourway -- from my stash.

PLUS: everyone who submits a pattern suggestion -- whether or not your pattern makes the short list -- will receive one entry in a random draw. I'll pick three winners, who will each choose one Ravelry pattern download (max. US $7 each).

For an extra entry -- or two -- in the random draw, blog about the Tell Piggy What to Knit! contest (including a link to this post) and/or tweet the following (please include your twitter id in your comment, so I know who you are!):

Tell @yarnpiggy what to knit for a chance to win Wollmeise!

So get your ideas in, piglets! Tell your knitting pals to come over here and give me their ideas, too.


  1. Off the top of my head: Travelling woman without the points (smooth edge).

    I'll come back with more suggestions as I think about it (and reread your requirements).

  2. Okay... so Travelling Woman doesn't meet the yardage requirements.

    I would secondly suggest Prin O' The Waves Stole by Eunny Jang OR Gothic Leaf Stole by Sivia Harding.

    I have the pattern for Sivia's stole if you want to borrow (I've not knit it).

  3. I nominate either the Juno Regina Stole, the Shipwreck Shawl, or the Voyager Lace Stole. And just to be cheeky (like a true piglet), I also nominate the February Lady Sweater! haha

  4. I nominate the Hanami Stole or the Muir. There's a sample of the Hanami at 3BF.

  5. OK... I've edited my list to just these four suggestions... I can make at least four more if you really want :)


    Girasole (which is on Nina's list of good projects for novice lace knitters)

    Suppliers of Angst to Crowned Heads for More than Four Centuries (mostly because I love the name!)

    Fiore di Melanzana would be stunning... but it's $9 US. I'll give you the extra dollar if you love it, though :)

  6. I am completely obsessed with "Spring Leaves" - it's rectangular, can be any size you so chose, simple stitches, and completely and utterly GORGEOUS!!! I think I'm talking myself into moving this up my queue... :o)


  7. I nominate the Fir Cone Leaf scarf by Mary Lou Egan...

    and now off to tweet this, too. :)

  8. *Cheshire Cat stole (Carrie Griffin - free!)

    *Baltic Sea stole (Faina M. Letoutchaia)

    *Inconceivable (Katherine Vaughan)

    *Sea & Shells (Val Campion - a variation on Print o' the Waves, above, but with a much easier border, and no grafting. And also free!)

  9. Damn it Stella! You beat me to it! Okay, hmmmm......

    How about Willow Leaf Stole:

    Or Leaf Lace Stole:

    Also, isn't it ironic that I got to say damn it Stella on your blog and that's what I've been saying here at home all day long? Snort.

  10. Hello Piggy!

    I love Courting Sophia, which was recently in Twist, and doesn't look too awful - plus, it switches up the pattern so maybe you won't be too bored!

    I also love Lace Ribbon Scarf, which is still lace, but more of a scarf than a shawl, and which I have been told is easy but I have failed miserably at twice. I really suck at knitting lace, though.

  11. I looove the Woodland Shawl. You could easily make it longer or wider to use more of your yarn. It's a lovely pattern that would be easy to memorize. I also love the Voyager lace stole!

    My favorite lace stole is Anne Hanson's Autumn Arbor Shawl. It looks to be a pretty challenging pattern, though...

    Good luck, Piggy!

  12. My comment disappeared! I nominate Anne Hanson's Icicle Dream Stole and Citron. While Citron is technically short on yardage, somebody has done the math to make it larger and it's available on the pattern page!

  13. Here's some ideas.
    Storm Circle Shawlette You can enlarge it to the yardage you'd like, plus it's a pretty semi circle! Plus it's free and easy breezy.
    Simugh by Ann Hanson gorgeous and at 9 bucks a steal! I'd even go halfs of the cost on this one with you :-)
    India Stole oohh pretty what more can I say
    Gnarled Woods
    Twinings Stole

  14. One word.... Irtfa'a

  15. Amille Shawl by Knitterain on Ravelry. Pictures of the shawl can be seen at

    For a copy of the pattern send a PM to Knitterain and she'll send it to you (free), she's currently "still" working on putting the "finishing" touches prior to publications. It makes a DROP DEAD, ABSOLUTELY GEORGEOUS DAHLING Stole/shawl in on oval/rectangular shape.

  16. I nominate

    Revontuli - not a triangle, but a nice semi circle... Free and really pretty in self striping, as shown here

    Edgy - which doesn't meet the yardage as written, but you could easily make it wider, putting a bigger or double border in the center and it's free... and in garter, which makes it easy for a lacey project...

    Eliina - really pretty and has a nice rounded point... worn to the front would look lovely on you! Free

    HighLine- Paypal for six or so bucks... she knit it in bulky, but I like it in a sport weight or worsted and then it's more than enough yardage!

    Okay, that's it for me... for now ;)

  17. Diagonale - Arlene's World of Lace - as seen on Rav here

    Muir - Knitty as seen here on Rav

  18. Okay, I blogged you, but I'm too tired or dumb to figure out a proper trackback... sorry... I linked you tho!

  19. Okay, i'm having way too much fun here going back through my favorites!

    Weekender Lace Wrap - seems like a good repetative pattern, it's free and it's a nice wide stole

    OMG, do this one!
    Chinook Shawl. I'm dying to do it. The pattern is only $1.99 and it's a pretty semicircle...

    I also love this and easily added repeats will get you your yardage requirements and a nice stole!
    Rivulet - Free!

    Or Triad. It's a paid, but really lovely and you could even do beads! Just make it longer for the yardage... I love this one!

    Um, does it seem like perhaps I've got quite a few faves?

  20. I think you should knit along with me and do Nefertiti. It's a parallelogram and beyond gorgeous.


  21. I vote for Evenstar - but it's circular, not rectangular. It's gorgeous.

  22. How about a Pi shawl or EZ's 100th Anniversary Pi Shawl?

    The other one that I like is Moon Dance. I'm particular partial to Benang's version on Ravelry, which is in fingering weight and based in garter stitch.

  23. I love me some Maplewing, but beware - it has lace patterning on both sides. No rest rows. If you're good at reading your knitting, though, you'll be OK. (Shape is Faroese.)

    Or you can do The Clovers along with me. You'd have to do the large size to make 800 yards. (It's sort of semi-circular.)

    Or maybe Cold Mountain, if you like geometric motifs. Which is a rectangle. Oh! Or Hanami Stole! I always drool over that one, and it would be fun since it has two different patterns.

    There you go, three different shapes to choose from!


  24. I think the Gothic Leaf Stole would be fun to knit and lovely to own:
    It costs $6US and Pay Pal can be used.

  25. I really like Ann Hanson's Twinings Stole. Aside from being beautiful, it is an entertaining knit with restful purling on the back. Also, the edging is knitted at the same time as the stole. Very effective.

    I think this is quite do-able for a first lace project. I would have suggested the ubiquitous Swallowtail, except for the fact that you don't care for the "point". To put it mildly. :)

  26. Oh, B*ll*cks. I see Chelle has beat me to Twinings. Never mind, I still think that's the way to go!

  27. No one has suggested Clapotis yet?

    I also LOVE Juno Regina.

    Oh, and Upstairs.

    And Cold Mountain.

  28. Here are some to consider:

    If I had to choose I would go insane... I love them all. Good luck!


  29. Alright I tried to narrow it down to give some others a chance...

    In my favorite order

    1. Cobweb Lace Stole - Interweave Knits $5.50

    2. Aphrodite - Twist Collective; 2 sizes petite and tall!

    3. Reversible Cabled-Rib Shawl - Lilly Chin, Vogue $6.00- can be light or heavy - still beautiful!

    Then, when you're ready for a step up... any of MMario's shawls - especially these two:
    1. Spanish Armada - (I am so in love and so intimidated by this one!)
    2. Quinn's Star Stole

    I can't wait to look through the other suggestions!
    Great Contest!!!

  30. Okay, I'm back. But this suggestion might be a bit challenging for a first project:

    (Not that I'm calling you stoopid or nothin')

    I shall nobly fall on my sword, encouraging you once again to opt for "Twinings".

  31. I was going to suggest Hanami, but someone beat me to it. I'm knitting that right now - it's my first lace project and I'm loving it!

    I will instead suggest the Misty Blossom Stole

  32. Most of the good ones are taken but how about Bluebird by Romi

    Romi writes wonderfully clear patterns accessible by beginners to lace

    or an unusual Kieran Foley pattern Sound of Waves

    (but if I'd got in first it would have to be - Muir)

  33. I've always liked Belinda from the Mason Dixon book. And you should totally pick me since it's my birthday today. Good luck on knitting your shawl!

  34. A few ideas that I don't think have been mentioned yet:

    - High Seas by Kieran Foley ( I know the pattern page says it's advanced, but the average difficulty rating doesn't seem too high.

    - Hesperia Stole by Alison Green Will (

    - Patchwork Lace Stole by Sylvie Beez (

    - One of Anna Dalvi's rectangular shawls, like Mystic Embers (, Mystic Earth (, or Mystic Meadows (

    - The Wings of A Dream by Melanie Gibbons (

  35. I don't know if anyone has suggested it, but: Swirl Shawl, by Lujuan Jing, 1000 yards, on Ravelry as Downloadable at:
    Which is linked on Ravelry. The site takes Paypal. The shawl is incredibly beautiful. Yes, it's challenging, but you just have learn the circular/swirl, and then do it over and over again.

  36. Have you seen this one yet?

  37. okay.... okay.... think I have them. Phew.

    1. Lilac Leaf Shawl by Nancy Bush (I've knit it, it's super awesome and beautiful and not too hard)in Knitted Lace of Estonia

    2. Biased Eyelets Stole by Eunny Jang in Interweave fall 2008

    3. Float Stole by Melinda Hunt in Interweave Spring 2009

    4. Clementine Shawl by Michele Rose Orne (I love her) that you can just make longer to get the yardage in Interweave Spring 2007

    5. Trellis Scarf by Evelyn A. Clark in Interweave Spring 2006 (I've knit it it's totally fine)

    6. Logan River Wrap by Miriam Felton in Interwave Winter 2007.

    7. Arctic Diamonds by Donna Druchunas in Interweave Winter 2006.

    And now to go get a stiff drink. Hope none of those were repeats.

  38. My suggestions are:

    1.Juno Regino stole & Wrap

    2.Cleopatra Wrap

  39. Emerald Starling by Hannah Ingalls

    I might have posted in the wrong place so I'm posting again. Pattern located on Raverly.

  40. Oh shoot! I forgot two pretties:

    Nom, nom, nom.

  41. I really suggest Anthemion or Nefertiti by Miriam Felton - the chick is a genius