Lace looks so dainty and fragile. More importantly, it looks incredibly difficult to knit. There are so many stitches to count and mistakes are easily spotted. I chose do to this free pattern from Ravelry to face my fears.
The Cancun boxy lace top by Erin Kate Archer is simple in construction. It’s just two rectangles seamed together. I really like this since I could focus on the new lace techniques and not have to worry about increasing and decreasing.
The pattern called for DK weight yarn so I used Lion Brand Mandala yarn. Using size 8 needles it knits up quick. A couple of garter rows is knit between each of the lace stitches. It was really weird to be purposely making holes in the fabric but I love the way it turned out. The lace stitches are eyelet, dropped, netting, and solid mesh. My favorite stitch is also my least favorite stitch, the dropped stitch. I like how the dropped stitch looks but knitting it was arduous. I really liked how the yarn changed colors within the pattern.
There are so many modifications that you can easily do. Since it was my first time I kept it strictly to pattern. You can make it wider and use it as a beach cover up or add more rows of lace to make it less of a crop.
After you have the front and back done all that’s left to do is to seam the shoulders and the sides. It’ll definitely make a great top for summer!
This top has made lace seem a little less daunting and I really enjoy projects that teach me something new! Do you like to knit lace? What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments!
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