Knit a mohair lace throw

Worked in simple sections on large needles and edged in a pretty lace stitch, and made in whisper-fine kid mohair, this knit throw looks stunning thrown over crisp white cotton sheets.

By Erika Knight

Lace throw
This is a fresh take on the traditional Shetland lace shawl. Although not as complex or intricate as those characteristic knits from the Scottish isles, this feminine coverlet is just as delicate. Worked in simple sections on large needles and edged in a pretty lace stitch, and made in whisper-fine kid mohair, this throw looks stunning thrown over crisp white cotton sheets.

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Materials
• Any fine-weight mohair yarn, such as Rowan Kidsilk Haze: 10 7-8oz/25g balls
• Pair of size 8 (5mm) knitting needles (or size 8 (5mm) circular needle)
• Medium-size blunt-ended yarn needle

Size
One size, approximately 59 in x 59 in (150cm x 150 cm), excluding edging.

Gauge
15 sts and 26 rows = 4 in (10cm) over St stitch using size 8 (5mm) needles or size necessary to obtain gauge.

Pattern notes
• The throw is worked in four pieces, plus an edging.
• Cast on each piece loosely or with a size larger needle.

To make throw panels
A – Shetland lace panel

Using size 8 (5mm) needles, cast on 76 sts.
Beg with a k row, work 12 in (30cm) in St st, ending with RS facing for next row.
Next row (RS): K1, *yo, k2tog, k3; rep from * to end.
Beg with a p row, work 2 rows in St st, ending with WS facing for next row.
Cont in lace patt as foll:
Row 1 (WS): P.
Row 2: K3, *yo, k2, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 3: P.
Row 4: K2, *yo, k2, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Rep last 4 rows until work measures 42 in (107cm) from cast-on edge.
Bind off very loosely.

B – Honeycomb lace panel
Using size 8 (5mm) needles, cast on 75 sts.
Work in lace patt as foll:
Row 1 (RS): K2, *yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: P.
Row 3: K1, k2tog, yo, k1, *yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1.
Row 4: P.
Rep last 4 rows until work measures 42 in (107cm).
Bind off very loosely.

C – Beginner's lace panel
Using size 8 (5mm) needles, cast on 97 sts.
Work in lace patt as foll:
Row 1 (WS) and all alt rows: P.
Rows 2, 4 and 6: K1, *yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 8: K2, *yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3; rep from *, ending last rep k2.
Row 10: K1, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 12: K2tog, *yo, k3, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso; rep from *, ending yo, k3, yo, sl1, k1, psso.
Rep last 12 rows until work measures 24 in (61cm), ending with RS facing for next row.
Beg with a p row, cont in rev St st until work measures 42 in (107cm) from cast-on edge.
Bind off very loosely.

D – Diamond eyelet panel
Using size 8 (5mm) needles, cast on 89 sts.
Beg with a k row, work 2 rows in St st.
Cont in lace patt as foll:
Row 1 (RS): K3, yo, k2tog, k10, [yo, sl1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog, yo, k16] twice, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog, yo, k10, k2tog, yo, k3.
Row 2: P.
Row 3: K16, [yo, sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k18] twice, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k16.
Row 4: P.
Row 5: K3, yo, k2tog, k12, [yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k20] twice, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k12, k2tog, yo, k3.
Row 6: P.
Row 7: K18, [yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k22] twice, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k18.
Row 8: P.
Row 9: K3, yo, k2tog, k12, [k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k20] twice, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k12, k2tog, yo, k3.
Row 10: P.
Row 11: K16, [k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k18] twice, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k16.
Row 12: P.
Row 13: K3, yo, k2tog, k10, [k2tog, yo, k5, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k16] twice, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k10, k2tog, yo, k3.
Row 14: P.
Row 15: K14, [k2tog, yo, k7, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k14] 3 times.
Row 16: P.
Rep last 16 rows until work measures 59 in (150cm).
Bind off very loosely.

E – Lace edging
Using size 8 (5mm) needles, cast on 7 sts.
Row 1: [Yo, k2tog] twice, yo, p3.
Row 2: P4, yo, p2tog, yo, p2.
Row 3: [Yo, k2tog] twice, yo, p5.
Row 4: P6, yo, p2tog, yo, p2.
Row 5: [Yo, k2tog] twice, yo, p7.
Row 6: P8, yo, p2tog, yo, p2.
Row 7: [Yo, k2tog] twice, yo, p9.
Row 8: P7, [p2tog, yo] twice, p2tog, p1.
Row 9: Yo, k3tog, [yo, k2tog] twice, p6.
Row 10: P5, [p2tog, yo] twice, p2tog, p1.
Row 11: Yo, k3tog, [yo, k2tog] twice, p4.
Row 12: P3, p2tog, [yo, p2tog] twice, p1.
Row 13: Yo, k3tog, [yo, k2tog] twice, p2.
Row 14: P1, p2tog, [yo, p2tog] twice, p1.
Rep last 14 rows until edging measures 8-1/4 yd (7.5m).
Bind off.

To finish
Weave in any loose yarn ends.
Lay panels out flat. With bound-off ends aligned side by side, sew panels A and B together along selvages, using mattress stitch, but keeping a "light touch" as fabric is so airy; then join panels B and C together also along selvages. Finally, sew panel D along one selvage to bound-off edges of other three panels A, B and C. Pin and stitch edging E in place around throw, making a full gather at each corner – working along one section at a time makes it easier. Gently steam.



Excerpted from Classic Knits at Home, copyright 2007 by Erika Knight. Excerpted with permission from Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.

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