I decided to try silk, for the first time, on this project. What a sensuous delight it is to knit with silk!
My first swatch is in 50/2 cultivated silk from Weaver's Loft (see my lace resources page), knitted on 0s. The pattern is "Madeira and Diamonds" from Sarah Don's Shetland lace book. Well, it sounded Spanish, you see! I got 10 stitches per inch in pattern. The swatch is on 62 stitches (6 repeats +2) and has two full repeats of the 55-row pattern. It measures 6 inches (15 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) long.
I think I'm getting close. This pattern is too dense for a mantilla, and the thread could be a little finer. This might make a nice dress, though. Here are some more photos of the swatch -- hit your "back" button to return to this page.
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