Laura Aylor, the designer, is also a member, and has been posting very useful tips and some corrections to the pattern. This info might be helpful if you've been bitten by the bug!
A friend has requested a shawl from me...she wants something warm/snuggly to wear this fall and winter, but wants it to be tailored and classy looking...I am thinking of doing Knitty's Cozy, but with a few changes. I want it to be a little smaller probably, and I also want the stitch-work to look more open.
The yarn it calls for is "Reynolds Mandalay" which is 100% silk, worsted weight. I am thinking of subbing Knitpicks Gloss (70% merino/30% silk - fingering weight). I'm wondering how this will affect the final product. Will just switching to a fingering weight yarn (and I think Gloss is on the thicker end of fingering weight) make the lace pattern look more open? Will the drape still be attractive? And will it still be fairly warm/snuggly?
And if I knit it exactly as written, will it come out much bigger using Gloss, since it's a smaller yarn, thus resulting in the stitches being more open? Or will it come out smaller, since it's a smaller yarn (gauge-related math & I are still not friends...) I have some Gloss at home that I plan to swatch with, but if you all thought it would be a woefully bad sub for some reason, I'd just as soon not swatch it and order a more suitable yarn online today so I can get started ASAP.
If someone can think of a better pattern using fingering weight yarn than Cozy, that would be fine too. Her requirements are that it be rectangular in shape (so stole shaped rather than triangular shawl-shaped) and that it be both appropriate to wear to work, but also good to wear with jeans on the weekend...that's why I thought Cozy would be good, because it's kind of casual, but if I can get the lacework to be a bit more open using the thinner yarn, it will still look dressy too. I am trying to stay away from using laceweight yarn because I think it will look too fiddly/dainty for her (not at all her style). I've also never knit lace before, so it needs to be something fairly simple.
Final question: Does anyone have a color card or has anyone ordered the "Dusk" color of KnitPicks Gloss? I am wondering if it's color is more of a gray-blue, or more of a brighter blue, or more of a navy blue...she's wanting a gray-blue, so if Dusk isn't very close to that, I may have to use something else entirely anyway. Thanks!!