I love one skein projects, especially in the summer, because they're so easy to tuck in a bag and take with you to the park, the beach or wherever. I fell in love with this flower-shaped belt buckle and immediately wanted to make a knitted belt to go with it! I chose Classic Elite's Soft Linen for its crisp stitch definition and soft feel, both of which worked nicely with the simple leaf lace pattern I used. The stitch repeat is easy to memorize, making it a perfect take-along project.
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35% linen, 35% wool, 30% baby alpaca
Soft Linen is a blend of alpaca, wool and linen that combine to make a yarn which is both soft and sturdy. Pieces knit in Soft Linen will hold their shape, while remaining soft to the touch. This makes it a particularly good choice for accessories that will get a lot of use, like belts, shawls and mitts. Soft Linen is available in a palette of 15 refined, yet robust colors.
Lace patterns are composed of increases and decreases. The arrangement of these stitches often alters the look of the edges of the knit piece. Most often the cast on edge receives the most visible change and will have a wavy or scalloped look (see photo). The bound off edge tends to take on some of the waviness as well. However, it is often necessary to bind off loosely and then pin and block this edge into shape in order to get the waves as deep as those in the cast on edge. If this edge will be used in a seam, blocking it out straight may be best. The sides of the piece can also be affected by the lace pattern and add an interesting design element, but would be difficult to seam together (see Soft Linen Minnie). Before beginning to knit a piece in a lace pattern, swatching the lace stitch will allow you to see how the increases and decreases will influence the edges.
Here is the free downloadable Soft Linen Lace Belt pattern.
If you have difficulty downloading or printing the PDF pattern above, try this: page 1