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Join Our Spring Knit-Along Featuring the... Spring Lace Shawl!

Each season we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which yarncrafters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you knit your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress. KAL_BADGE_2014
81058adaWe asked you to vote on what knit project you’d like to make, and you picked our Spring Lace Shawl! Almost 6,000 of you voted, and we're so excited to knit-along with you.Click here to download the pattern for the Spring Lace Shawl and click here to get the kit in Kelly Green or in Silver Blue (free shipping for a limited time).

To get this knit-along going, this week is about gathering your materials so that we can jump right in the week of April 7th. This lovely shawl is made in our Vanna's Choice yarn, a versatile, easy-care, acrylic worsted-weight yarn that comes in a huge assortment of stunning colors. If you're more in the mood for a cotton blend, Cotton-Ease is a great substitute, and will be light and lovely as the temperatures get warmer.

As with any yarn substitution, you’ll also need to figure out how many skeins of the yarn of your choice the pattern will require. Here are the number of balls for our other recommended yarns:

Yarn OS
Vanna's Choice 12 skeins
Cotton-Ease 12 skeins

Click here for our FAQ on substituting yarns.

Starting the week of April 7th, our KAL host Grace DiLorenzo will be posting her progress through the lace shawl project, with updates coming every Thursday. You'll know it's a dedicated KAL blog post when you see our special badge in the upper right-hand corner of the post. Don't forget to join our Ravelry group for this KAL as well!

In the meantime, please introduce yourself below–let us know who you are, where you’re from, and who you’re making this top for!

About Grace: Grace DiLorenzo has been knitting for the last 10 years. What started as a hobby quickly grew into a passion. Her favorite things to make are garments and lace. As a teacher at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City she has been able to share her love of yarn crafting teaching beginning through advanced knitting and yarn dyeing classes. She has lead the first four in studio knit alongs and is excited to do it again! grace_200px
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  • Alys Nawawi

    This looks lovely. I have never done a KAL so I think I will try this one!

  • Abby Southon

    I've never knitted before but I have crochet for a long time. Is this pattern something a beginner can make? Thanks Abby

  • Susette Williamson

    My name is Susette. I live in beautiful Tennessee. I am going to make this for my 82 year young Mom. I actually ordered the green yarn yesterday and can't wait for it to arrive

  • Gayle

    I have made a shawl similar to this using Vanna's Choice in the Terracotta and it came out gorgeous.

  • Shirlee

    I can't wait to get started. Will choose my yarn tomorrow. Haven't decided on a color yet. What's everyone else doing?

  • Irene

    I'd love to make this shawl in Cotton Ease, but I don't want to use 4 strands of yarn. Is it possible to make it with just 1 Strand?

  • Cheryl

    I'm thinking about using a variegated yarn or one with "speckles" like the wheat or barley color of Vanna's Choice. I've never tried this with 4 strands. Any opinions on how it would look, or do I just need to try it?

  • http://blog.lionbrand.com/2014/03/20/help-pick-our-next-knit-along-project/ Help Pick our NEXT Knit-Along Project! | Lion Brand Notebook

    […] And the winner is … The Spring Lace Shawl! […]

  • Regina

    My name is Regina from Logan, Utah. I will be using Lion Brand Homespun yarn (1 strand...3 skeins) on a size 13 cabled needle. I don't know if the gauge will be exactly the same as the pattern but think it should be close enough. :-)

  • Bonnie Vandre-Blewett

    Hi, I'm Bonnie and I'm from Wisconsin. I've never participated in a KAL, but would like to make this in CottonEase for myself in a light grey or silver color. We have an outdoor wedding this summer and I think this would be just a little something to have as the evening approaches. I've never done a multi-strand projects, so not sure I'll actually do a 4-strand. I think I'd rather stick to 2 strands and add some beads for sparkle.

  • Sally BC

    I am interested in joining. I don't think I'll use Vanna - maybe Cotton-Ease instead. I don't have enough of any one color in my stash - OH NO I'll have to go shopping!!!

    I do have three skeins of Homespun in Green, so that might be a possibility as well. Either way, looking forward to a good knit. I'm thinking - yellow???

  • Kathleen

    I have never done one of these. Sounds like a great idea. I am new to knitting, have crocheted for years. I will have to check my stash.

  • Animal Houseshoes

    I've never done a KAL either. I'd like to try this, but I wonder...this is called a shawl, but it looks more like a long sweater with sleeves. I'd like it to be a long sweater with sleeves, rather than a shawl. Does anyone know for certain?

  • Irene

    I also wondered about this shawl's shape because the photo is misleading. I read the instructions and it's definitely a rectangle. It also seems to me that 12 skeins of yarn will make this shawl rather heavy.

  • ReginaDiCoupe

    I've had this pattern in my favorites list for almost a year - now I have a reason to actually jump in and work on it .... yay! I won't be using 4 strands either, as I'd like this to be lighter and cooler. I'll look through my stash to see what I have that will work. Heaven knows I have plenty of Lion Brands to choose from! B-)

  • Heather Palmer

    Will be picking my yarn out tomorrow. Excited to get started. I have been knitting since age 5, now 55!! Still absolutely love my knitting needles and new yarn!

  • Mary

    Pretty shawl! It's been a long time since I knit a lace pattern so this will be fun. Not sure which yarn I'll use, but definitely one strand. Time to go check my stash.

  • Susan Bell

    Susan Bell from Kamloops, BC, Canada here. I've decided to join this KAL in hopes of actually finishing a project in a reasonable length of time! I do eventually finish, but the child has likely grown out of it by then : o . My downfall is having to get every new idea I have onto needles or hook immediately ! I'm looking forward to feeling part of a group with a single goal, lol. This pattern is ideal for my prayer shawl group, too. Thanks!

  • Natalie Cooley

    Just bought my yarn in Dusty Blue. Little nervous about the whole project but willing to try.

  • Anne

    Have gone through my collection of yarn and have decided to use wool ease thick and quick in claret.....have 4 skein should be enough to finish the project. Will go with one strand. Looking forward to this to this kal.

  • Laura Walther

    Hi my name is Laura and I have never participated in a KAL so this should be fun. I am thinking of using fall colors...something that I can wear with jeans. Looks like a shawl for sitting around the campfire OR dressy enough for an evening out.

  • Karen Kraus

    This is a wonderful knit that I would like to join in on. I'm thinking a gorgeous spring green would be awesome. Yarn shopping. Yay!

  • Ruth Silva

    I've never done a KAL but there's always a first time. The pattern is lovely. I will dive into my closet to find some yarn...I might try homespun. Thanks

  • Jan

    Jan from Wiltshire UK I'm using a chunky yarn - is 300G right ?

  • Ann Smith

    This looks lovely. I've also never done a KAL. Can't wait to get started.I think I'll make this one for myself.

  • Lori lee

    hi I have never done anything like this before- this shawl is beautiful. I love knitting but I have not ventured out with many projects beside, scarfs, cowls and blankets. I would love to give this a try. I don't know how or where to begin please help, hope this is not a silly question-also will the cotton ease stretch if I choose that

  • uofmluv24

    Super excited to join this! This will be my first intermediate level project, so I hope it goes well.

  • Natalie Noon

    Hi! This is my first KAL but I love the look of this pattern but I think I might use something thicker in a single strand from my stash.

  • denise haynes

    I can't wait, my only KAL has been a dishcloth.

  • Sue

    I knit for the Prayer Shawl Ministry at my church. We make shawls for anyone who might need one -- illness, grief, or just plain having a hard time, whether they are church members or not. This shawl will be a beautiful addition to our collection.. However, since I have 2 that I am working on now, this one will be next. I, too , will use a bulkier yarn.

  • VP

    This will be my very first KAL! I'm thinking of going with either coral (if cotton) or grey. The yarn options aren't super great where I am in the UK. The only Aran option I could find locally is 4ply. I guess I could get it online but I'm too excited and want to start asap. Hopefully it won't affect the outcome too much!

  • Jess

    Hi, I'm excited to get started. I'm terrible at finishing projects, so decided that maybe this KAL will help me have something wearable. I have been knitting for almost 10 years and only have scarfs, hats, and many socks without their companions. I bet it will feel like being at school and needing to have to do my homework, lol....

  • Susan Bell

    Since "signing up" for this KAL, I have followed the discussion about 4 strands of worsted versus 1 strand of bulky, and I experimented with a few types of yarn, which has me wondering how much the 4 strands go into creating the effect of the overall pattern. Any thoughts on this possibility?

  • Joanne Kundra

    I'm going to try this. I live on social security so I happened to find some Vanna's Choice yarn in a color called Cambridge on sale for $6.60 for a 3-skein pack. I had to order 5 packs (15 skeins) to get enough yardage for the shawl. Also ordered a #19 Dreamz Circular needle since that was one size I didn't have. It was a bit cheaper than the Lion Brand needle and it's not plastic. I don't usually wear shawls but this looks long enough that I should work for a plus-size woman like myself.

  • Teri

    This will be my first KAL. Can't wait!

  • sew stitchy

    Since this will be part of a blog can we go back and watch/get help later? I know the basics: cast on, knit, purl, alternating between the two, and casting off, but need help with directions of pattern specific stitches.

  • Marie

    Hi, I'm in West Haven, CT. I've never done a KAL before and I'm inspired to do this one. SO lovely! I'm in! Getting my yarn now. Looking forward to it. Thanks for offering this.

  • Sherry Green

    Hi everyone! I'm Sherry and from Fort Worth, TX. This is my first KAL. I have wanted to join one but was always afraid I would not keep up with the group. I like this shawl and think it would go perfectly with a skirt I already own. I always make something for others and believe this is the first I have made for myself!

  • https://www.facebook.com/DotsFinelyCrafted Dot Riggs

    Hi, I'm Dot, and I am a native of and living in Louisville, Kentucky. This is beautiful and goes well with the new spring dresses that I just acquired! I look forward to knitting right along in green to go with my "smiling Irish eyes." (which are really hazel, lol)

  • Susan Greening

    Hi. Susan from Newfoundland Canada here.. Going to try my first KAL! The shawl looks like a nice pattern but I think I'll use a worsted weight with size 8 needles and an extra repeat or two. I have some orange wool in my stash but I wonder if I (or anyone I gift it to) would wear orange.. Lol

  • Marianne

    Hi, I'm Marianne, I live in snowy Minnesota (we got 7.5 inches last night and today). I'm hoping this shawl will be nice for my daughter while she's off at college. I have a black speckled yarn for her, then she can wear any color shirt with it. Can't wait to start.

  • Marie Cox

    Hi! I'm excited to join this KAL. My first. The shawl is so gorgeous. Quick question. Unless I've missed it, I don't see anywhere in the pattern instructions where it tells how many stitches to cast on. Thanks. ;)

  • Lynne

    Can't wait to start this KAL. I'm from Michigan, so this wrap will be perfect. I have a handmade shawl pin purchased from Etsy that will work great. I couldn't find 12 skeins of Vanna at any of the stores I went to, so, unfortunately, I had to purchase another brand.

  • Mcgmeg

    My supplies arrived on Friday! Looking forward to the challenge.

  • Kim Hatch

    Hi, Kim from just thawing out Maine here. I have just checked all of the comments so far and will probably try with the Homespun one strand with size 11 needles. I have been frustrated by other lace patterns before so I hope with everyone's input, I can finally make a beautiful piece.

  • Maria

    Hi, I am from New Jersey, and this is my first KAL. I have been knitting and crocheting since I was 5 years old, but never get tired of it. I love to try new things!

  • Sarah Lopez

    Hi my name is Sarah, I`ve never joined the KAL before and I would love too but my schedule does not allow this at this time can you tell me when the next KAL class will start so I can work it in next time around.

  • Jeanne Bartlett

    Hi - my yarn should arrive today. This is a little more advanced than I have done. But I am excited to try!

  • Jessie Wasserman

    I haven't knitted in a while, but this looked so good I had to try it. I have the yarn & needles now but going to try the pattern with my leftovers yarn bag for a bit to get used to the stitches & needles. I tend to be tight until I get the pattern down so I dont want to mess up the good yarn with too much unraveling & such

  • Ruth Silva

    Well here is my beginning. I've done three sets of eight rows. It looks like the pattern is already showing:)

  • Kit

    I have never done a KnitALong (KAL) before, but I came across two where I really liked the pattern in the same week, so I am trying both of them. I am going to do this one in a boucle yarn in size 6 (Chunky or Super Bulky) in a bluish green probably with a 13 or 15 needle and either one or two repeats to make a lacey scarf for now. I have the yarn in my stash and have been looking for a project to use it on. That will let me make sure that I am doing the pattern correctly while I have other people working on it too who can answer questions if I have any.

    Later on I plan to come back and do it with four strands of WoolEase in four different colors of blue and green, sage, blue heater, seaspray, and fisherman. I plan to do the whole full size shawl, just as specified, and I am hoping that the four colors will not obscure the lacy effect. If that much color does distract from the pattern, I will either choose colors that are closer to each other or two strands each of two colors or something similar depending on what I can do that will give me some color interest as well as a clear lace pattern. And I would then use those four colors of WoolEase with a different pattern. Half the fun of knitting for me is trying things out until I find the colors and textures and patterns that work together the way I have in mind. I love that there are so many alternate ways of making things out of yarn.

  • Susan Bell

    Following Ruth's lead, I am also sharing after 3 sets of the pattern. I wanted to follow the description as closely as possible for the first shawl, and I found a soft, supple yarn in my stash that cooperates comfortably with 4 strands on large needles. The width is 17 inches unstretched, so not far off the one-strand Homespun. When this one is done, though, I will try one in a single strand as so many others are doing, but with 49 stitches.

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  • Susan Bell

    Yoiks! Is there an easier way to post a picture?? Lol

  • Kit

    By the way I live in North Dakota, so it is very rewarding to knit here. Lots of chances to wear nice warm clothing. We still have snow on the ground and last week we had about a foot of snow in one storm. I have only been knitting about five years now, but I tend to knit a lot, both at home and most places I go, including on car rides, buses, trains, planes, waiting in lines, waiting in doctors offices and other waiting rooms, in class, talking with friends, even sometimes in odder places. For new knitting challenges I am likely to knit where there are fewer distractions, but for simple patterns I can knit in the dark too, and without those cute knitting needles with lighted tips, although those are fun too.

  • Patty Callahan Shular

    Hi. My name is Patty. I learned to crochet and knit when I was a kid. But i took more to crochet. I know basic knit and purl stitches and I thought I'd like to try to perfect my knitting. I'm hoping with this blog I can get the assistance I need to get through any parts I get stuck on. I also have a friend who knits a ton, so I have someone I can go it if needed. I'm excited to see how far I get.

  • Ruth Silva

    Thanks Sue...my son put up the pic for me. I'll have another soon I can get my son to cooperate:)

  • Ruth Silva

    Thanks Susan, yours look lovely too. I will try another later with more stitches for a wider shawl. This one is to use now when the AC is too high at church. :)

  • Kit

    When you start to type a comment there is a box that opens under the comment box with a little rectangle in it with a funny shape in it - if you hover your mouse over the frame with the teensy picture inside the words "upload an image" appear next to it. Click on this box and follow the directions to upload the image. I am using FireFox as my browser but I can try it out with Internet Explorer, Safari, and Google Chrome if anyone needs to find out if it works in those browsers too.

    This is a picture of two strands of Homespun Thick and Quick (not regular Homespun) knit on size 19 needles, showing that two strands of Homespun Thick and Quick is pretty thick for knitting double on these size needles and probably would not work well for defining lace, although I haven't yet tried knitting lace with these yarns on these needles. I was doing a swatch for a very heavy weight winter sweater for wearing in North Dakota, one of the coldest states in the lower 49. Yes Alaska has places that get a lot colder than here. None of the other states do.

    I posted this just to make sure that my directions for how to post pictures are correct.

  • Ruth Silva

    Well here I'm 3/4 ways along. I like what I see but next one I make ill c/o 49 stitches.

  • Lynn

    Ruth- I really like the look of the homespun. I will have to try my second one in that yarn. I'm not that good with using different weight yarn than the pattern calls for. What size needle would you use if you used 2 strands of homespun? Maybe a 15? Also, how many skeins do you think you will use?


  • Ruth Silva

    Hi Lynn...I probably would try a size 13 needles. Thanks

  • Kit

    I cast on 17 stitches and worked the first 9 rows using size 15 (US) 10" needles and one strand of a super bulky yarn. The 10" needles kept me from spreading the work out fully for a picture, so I will probably knit them onto 14" needles in the next 8 rows so I can get better pictures, but I wanted to post a couple of pictures of what I have managed so far. I am still not sure if I am doing it right. But the pictures probably are not good enough to tell.

  • Kit

    Okay now I am doing 17 Stitches Cast On Super Bulky on Size 15 14" Needles so I can get a much better picture. I have completed 17 Rows or 2 Repeats plus a purl Row and it is beginning to look like the pattern!

  • Kit

    How will we find the new blog article that is supposed to be coming out later today and every Thursday until our fearless leader is done? I don't know very much about Blogs.

    I also signed into Ravelry and could not figure out how to find this KAL on there. Can anyone tell me a simple way to find whatever is on Ravelry for this KAL? I am willing to poke around if I have to, but it might help more than just me if someone could explain step by faltering step.

  • Kit

    Okay I answered one of my questions. On Ravelry, look under groups, and there is a section for KALs and CALs and OALs (Other A Longs) and Lion Brand Spring Lace Shawl is listed, and you just click on it. I would not have thought to look under groups, because this seems to me more of an activity than a group, but now that I know that is where it is, putting it there makes sense in hindsight.

  • Vicki C

    Am I too late to join?? I've been wanting to make a harder knitting project and this looks so cool

  • Marie Cox

    Another silly question....sorry I seem so confused about knitting with 4 skeins. Can I just cast on normally and knit one skein at a time? What is the advantage in knitting 4 skeins at once? It looks like from the photos that everyone is knitting the usual way, one skein at a time. If I use 4 at once, do I combine them into one - like a single big fat 4-strand strand - or drop and pick up each strand at a time? Seems to me that would take a lot more time. I feel like a total idiot on this.

  • http://lionbrand.com/ Danielle Holke

    New post up today: "Spring Lace Shawl Knit-Along — Gauge Swatching" http://lby.co/1iASHpL

  • Susan Bell

    Hope this one works, Marie! 4 strands

  • Sharon

    My name is Sharon and I taught myself to knit several years ago with the LionBrand instructions. I have never done a KAL and, while I really like this pattern, this Spring will be crazier than some. I'm afraid I'll not keep up with everyone. Can I work at my own speed and read the posts or must I officially join the group?

  • Carol

    Hi, I'm a wee bit late getting started, but better late than never. :) I have just a few minutes ago ordered my yarn...I tried to substitute another colour, but it didn't work out., so I'm going with the lovely green. Thank you for your helpful suggestions and hints, I appreciate your efforts to help. Best wishes, Carol