It's always exciting when I can finally share one of my secret projects! Today Leadlight gets its big reveal, as part of Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People 11. This is my third Wool People outing, and the third of my designs in Brooklyn Tweed's wonderful yarn (the first two being my Amarilli and Kea shawls).
Be sure to browse through the WP11 lookbook, which is completely gorgeous! I like to save them up until I have a little uninterrupted time to soak up the inspiration. :)
Leadlight, photo by Jared Flood
Leadlight is a rectangular stole in laceweight yarn, featuring large-scale geometric lace. I was inspired by the image of sunlight streaming through glass panes, and the memory of a small geometric stained-glass window I had in my room which my Dad had made (picture framers are good with glass, after all).
(Photos by me, before I sent Leadlight off to the USA.)
The lace is simple to knit, while the construction and finishing methods keep things interesting: beginning with a circular cast on, the centre of the stole is knit in the round as a square. After placing some of the stitches on hold, the two ends of the stole are each knit flat to create a rectangular shape. Finally, a garter stitch border finishes off the edges.
The centre of the stole, worked outwards from the pinhole cast on
The garter stitch border keeping things crisp
Vale is a new laceweight yarn from Brooklyn Tweed, a springy, plied yarn that's light and soft, but substantial and full of personality. It blocks easily and drapes beautifully, which makes it just perfect for lace knitting.
I knit my Leadlight stole in the colour Heron, which is a calm, neutral, mid-toned grey with a subtle sheen to it. The whole Vale colour palette is beautifully subtle - I definitely plan to use this yarn for more lace projects!
A close-up of the centre
- an all-over geometric lace pattern
- constructed from the centre out, with two sides extended to form the rectangle
- a circular cast on (instructions for the Pinhole Cast On are included)
- a garter stitch border all around the edge
- a stretchy bind off (instructions for the K2tog-tbl Bind Off are included)
- easy to alter the length by working a different number of repeats
- requires 3 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Vale, or 1170yds of laceweight yarn
- the lace instructions are presented as charts only.