Here’s what you need:
- An old wooden frame. You won’t need the glass, but you can brighten it up with a lick of paint, if you like.
- A few thumbtacks. I used 18.
- Small amount of lace-weight yarn, and suitable needles. I used some undyed cotton, and
- Needles 3.5mm (US 4)
- (optional) s-hooks
If you already have a nice swatch lying around, and it fits your frame, perfect! But if you’d like to make one just like mine, here’s the stitch pattern I used. You’ll need to make it about an inch shorter than the outside of your frame (or wherever you’ll be pinning it) on the long side & the short side, so that you can stretch your lace out to look nice. My frame is 18.5cm x 13.5cm on the outside edges. I cast on 30 sts, and worked 4 pattern repeats.
Cast on a multiple of 7 sts + 2.
ROW 1: K3, *k2tog, yo, k5, rep. from * to last 6 sts, k2tog, yo, k4.
ROW 2: P2, *p2tog tbl, yo, p1, yo, p2tog, p2, rep. from * to end.
ROW 3: K1, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, rep. from * to last st, k1.
ROW 4: P across.
ROW 5: K1, *yo, ssk, k5, rep. from * to last st, k1.
ROW 6: *P1, yo, p2tog, p2, p2tog tbl, yo, rep. from * to last 2 sts, p2.
ROW 7: *K3, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, rep. from * to last 2 sts, k2.
ROW 8: P across.
Rep. these 8 rows until swatch is desired length. Bind off loosely. No need to weave in ends.
Secure each corner of the swatch with a thumbtack to the corners of the frame (make sure the wrong side is facing you!).
Then push a thumbtack into the centre of each side.
Secure with more thumbtacks as necessary.
Make sure it looks good on the right side…
Wind the yarn ends around one or two thumbtacks so that they’re secure. Trim off short, so that they can’t be seen from the right side.
Hang up your earrings. If you have some s-hooks handy (you can buy them at hardware stores), you can use them to hang rings and necklaces up too.
You can also use your swatch as a pretty key holder.
Or just hang it up as a piece of art.