Why "cheater's" lace? Because to me, lace is supposed to have a complicated pattern of yarnovers and decreases. There's supposed to be a chart, and it should require immense concentration. This? Not so much. No yarnovers. No chart. The whole time I worked on this, I couldn't help feeling like I was cheating: getting a beautiful lacy effect without having to follow a pattern. You need to be able to remember two things: which side you're working, and the stitch pattern for one stitch.
Karabella Mirage is a relatively forgiving mohair blend, as it tinks pretty easily. I used color 50220 (or 220, depending on where you're looking), but it comes in more, um, subdued colors as well. This particular color made it easy to see which side I was working on, but for less bright shades, you may want to place a marker after the third stitch on the right side.
If you use another yarn, go up a couple of needle sizes from the sizes recommended for your yarn; for example, the Mirage that I used recommends using a size 7 needle, and I used a size 10. Play around and swatch; this is much more about the stitch pattern than anything else.
The stitch pattern is a bit confusing on the page. It should make sense if you have yarn and needles in front of you, but if it's not clicking for you, leave a comment and let me know.
**Added: a photo stitch tutorial is located here.**
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1 ball Karabella Mirage (72% kid mohair/28% polyamide; 50 g/1.75 oz, 245 yd/225 m)
Size 10 needles (6.0 mm) or size needed to get gauge
Approx. 24 sts/14 rows in pattern stitch = 4"
(Gauge is NOT crucial to this pattern)
5" wide by 72" long
Cheater's lace stitch (mult. of 3 sts)
P3tog, leaving all 3 sts on left needle. Purl first st on left needle again (still leaving all sts on left needle). P first two sts on left needle together. Slip all 3 sts off left needle.
Cast on 30 sts.
Row 1 and all RS rows: Work cheater's lace stitch across the row.
Row 2 and all WS rows: P all sts.
Work to desired length. BO all sts. Weave in ends and block if necessary.