I’m just now binding off my own little lace shawl design. I decided to work the entire shawl in lace, rather than leaving a large stockinette area. This proved to be just challenging enough, and kept the knitting interesting!
I love how the lace pattern “grows” out of the raglan-style seams. Similar to the effect I’ve created in cabled sweaters, like this one I designed for Mission Falls:
And this one for Knit.1 (Habanero):
Because of my mathematical background, it was a really fun experiment to determine which stitch patterns would and wouldn’t stack nicely and then to chart the edges of the shawl sections as new stitches are added. My degree is in crystallography and mineral physics, so working with symmetry and placement of motifs is kind of “my thing.”
I really enjoy this kind of mental exercise, and I think that the result is really nice! It was also good practice for garment design. The way that I grew my lace motifs would also work at raglan seams. I have yet to design an all-over lace raglan sweater, and now I can see exactly how to do it!
And I have Miriam Felton to thank, she held my hand through my first experience with the charting software! Thanks, Mim!
I’m blocking it now, and have already written the pattern! :)