Naming party

I’ve seen these sweet little (sometimes quite large) lace triangles around the ‘Net lately that are built a little differently. They start in a corner, then grow wider along one edge, but not the other. They can be knit to any size. Sometimes they just end, other times they have a pretty border before ending. When big enough, the ends twirl. They’re basic triangles, but kick out into a bit of a curl at both ends. I did a bit of research to see how they’re made, then grabbed my yarn, a fun stitch, and was off!

Smocked 3

You see the results of my first successful attempt here. I’d show you the unsuccessful ones, but they visited the frog pond. All frogged versions used this same stitch, but different yarns. They were all a little wimpy, truth be told. I wanted to use a nice fine lace weight yarn for this, but the stitch had other things in mind.

In the end I grabbed up a hank of Malabrigo Lace in the lovely Burgundy colorway that’s been hanging around for a number of years now, not knowing what it wanted to be. Oh. Perfect. Soft, yet with good stitch definition. Lacy. Soft. This lace weight yarn impersonates a fingering weight yarn. I think so, anyway. The 50g hank has 470 yards, so it’s about half the thickness of fingering weight yarns, but… I used US 6 (4 mm) needles, and look how thick it is! See what I mean? It might actually impersonate a sport weight yarn. In the end it’s a very confused, but very lovely lace yarn.

Anyway, I knit up the smallest size, because I wanted to see what I got with just one hank of Malabrigo Lace. I included the math in the pattern for three more sizes, up to one that uses 1150 yards of yarn and ends up being 56 inches (142 cm) wide at the base, while this smallest one is only 35.25 inches (89.5 cm) at the base.

Smocked 2

I had fun knitting up this little one-hank shawlette/scarf/cowl thingy. While I’m knitting something up I often have name ideas swirling through my brain. Not this time. No name ideas. No direction. No nothing. I need help! This is where you come in. To help me name my design do this:

  • Reply to this blog post
  • Provide your idea(s) for a pattern name
  • Tell me why you thought of this name. What is your inspiration? (This part is vital.)
  • Have your post in before I get up in the morning on Thursday, October 29, 2015

What do you get? Well, the fun of participating. Beyond that, though, whoever comes up with a really good name, as judged by yours truly, will win a free PDF copy of this pattern when it’s released. If you’re on Ravelry, I’ll drop it into your Ravelry library. If not, then I’ll email a copy of it to you. Make sure your email address is correct when you make your suggestion. If I love your idea, and can’t get hold of you, you won’t get your free pattern.