Today I realized that if I wanted to add lace accents to clothing, I can make the lace using a crochet technique. It’s been a fairly long time since I did any crochet, but I find it much easier than knitting. If I wanted to try my hand at it, I do have some laceweight yarn, which I think is alpaca. I also have fine cotton crochet thread, which would likely be what I’d use if I put lace cuffs on a shirt, for example.
I found one book specializing in crochet lace patterns today, but it focused on bedspreads and tablecloths, which is not really what I want to make. New Tatting focuses on doilies, which again, is not really what I want to make. There’s always the option of going back to Ravelry, if they’re still up, and actually that may be a very good option.
I have in mind a shawl pattern with a lot of openwork between denser areas of stitching. It would probably take me a while, though, given that the yarns are so tiny and the hooks are so tiny. But! I know I can crochet, and I can read crochet diagrams; whereas tatting is almost totally foreign to me right now. And I have all the stuff I need to crochet, including some backup manuals. ;)
Sounds good? :) I’ll add it to my “things I can do” list.