More Antique Lace Doily Knitting-Mommes Lysedug

Mommes Lysedug Doily on double pointed needlesWhile I promised myself that I wouldn’t allow knitting UFOs to accumulate this year, the fact that my 40″ Hiya Hiya circular needles broke was a great excuse for starting a new project. I have wanted to make a lace shawl from the Madeline Tosh Lace Superwash Merino that I bought from Webs at Stitches East last November. The oxblood colored merino is a  mix of black and purple that that any New Yorker could love.

After going through various searches on Ravelry for knitted lace doilies, I decided to make the Mommes Lysedug. Several knitters made this antique lace knit doily into blankets.

The free pattern translated from Danish contains 110 rows of verbal instructions although no charts. Based on the completed projects on Ravelry, I am guessing with my fingers crossed that the 950 yards of Madeline Tosh lace merino is sufficient to complete this wonderful doily.

I test knitted a small swatch to determine the optimal size needles. My goal was to ensure that the lace would stand out while allowing the piece to be as big as possible. I finally decided to use size 5 needles despite the fact that my size 5 double pointed needles were metal making them very slippery.

My one concern was that Ravelers noted that the Madeline Tosh superwash lace weight merino springs back to its original shape. Since I’ve knit lots of shawls and scarves from superwash sock yarn, I have learned that wet blocking helps get the piece to show off the beauty of the lace. If the lace is only big enough to act like a lace collar that is fine with me.

The Mommes Lysedug pattern is unusual in that it starts with 5 stitches which is a very small amount. After over an hour of playing with 5 stitches and 4 needles, I decided to start with 10 stitches since the pattern doubles the number of stitches in the second row. This worked like a charm for starting the pattern.

Wish me luck!

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PS: For more insights on the Oxblood Mommes Lysedug click here.

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