I love medieval fashion, and my boyfriend and I have been planning a medieval fashion coup for some time. On that basis, here is a lovely cowl-type pattern I improvised (lace pattern adapted from 198 yards of heaven - I had just finished one of those for a friend and it was on hand to attempt creating my own lace from!) using 2 skeins of Sirdar Big Softie in Cherry Pie (mmm, pie). Those skeins have been plaguing me for a while too, I can tell you...
It's a transcription of a few scribblings on a piece of paper so please feel free to point out errors, omissions and plain rubbishness, if you spot any.
Tools: 8mm needles, 10mm needles, 100 yards of super bulky yarn, and some buttons.
Gauge: appx 2sts = 1".
To fit a 14" neck loosely, or a bigger one more snugly.
Directions: With 8mm needles, cast on 35 stitches in whatever way you please.
Increase row: *k1, yo* to last stitch, k1 - 63 sts.
Switch to 10mm needles. Purl one row. Mark centre stitch.
Lace section: (apologies for writing it out longhand - I haven't figured out an effective computerised chart-making system yet)
Row 1: k2, *yo, p1, yo, k5* to last st, yo, k1
Row 2 and all even rows: work as sts present themselves - purl the purls (and yarn overs), knit the knits.
Row 3: k2, *k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo,* to last 2 sts, k2
Row 5: k1, *k2, p1, k2, yo, sl2 as if to k2tog, k1, psso, yo,* to last 3 sts, k3
Row 6: k3, *yo, k2tog,* to last 2 sts, yo, k2.
Bind off loosely, with a bigger needle if you have one. It's possible that I used a 15mm for this, as I have a problem with loose bind offs! Weave in ends, attach buttons to one of your selveges (I put far more than necessary on, mainly because I like buttons), or lace it up with ribbon, whatever you like, and you're done. I hope.