Light and airy lace – the epitome of summer knitting! Although it can look intimidating, the basics of lace lie in the added yarn overs to create an open fabric. Throughout the main body of the lace pattern, you’ll often find these extra increases paired with decreases in order to keep the stitch count the same. However, yarn overs can also be used to create the shaping found in shawls.
If you have dabbled in lace or are new to the world of shawls, Kerin’s How to Knit Lace video class is sure to be your go-to guide for creating elegant lace wraps and shawls. This 12-part video class begins with a brief overview of lace knitting, then moving into the basics of how to determine the right yarn, fiber type, and color that will make your shawl shine! Next, you’ll follow along with Kerin as she shows you how to cast on and make the yarn overs that will create your lace motif.
The Diatom Shawl is back in two new kit colorways!
This fabulous fingering weight shawl is patterned after the intricate structure of marine diatoms. With a few hundred times’ magnification, this structure makes for a beautifully structured circular shawl.
If you are looking for some summer knitting projects, may I suggest Joyce Fassbender’s collection of lacy confections in Sunset Over the Cascades. I am thrilled with the variety of styles and yarns the Joyce used in her designs.
In a quest to find new ways of using up that stash of sock yarns, Kelley chats with Jen Lucas, author of the book Sock Yarn Shawls. Being a self-taught knitter, Jen shares how an obsession with socks eventually led to her to the world of shawls and shawlettes. Kelley and Jen chat about the different chapters of the book in addition to the different styles of shawls included. Get a behind the scene’s peak into Jen’s first book of shawl designs in addition to a few handy tips and tricks for shawl knitting!
Sock Yarn Shawls by Jen Lucas
Jen is also part of the IDP program, you can find more of her designs here:
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Nothing says Spring quite like flowers, and lace is a spring-knitting mainstay. So, what happens when the two are combined?
Geoff Hunnicutt has marvelously merged the art of lace and the beauty of nature in his Tuscan Sunflower Shawl.
When you consider the time involved in writing a pattern, knitting the item, photographing it and getting a pattern ready for publication, it’s no wonder we work months and months ahead. It tends to create a strange creative dissonance for …
This week, Kelley chats with TECHknitter about her “chart chart”
technique and all things lace. Kelley first begins by giving a brief
overview of lace knitting and its components, along with the different
ways that lace patterns can be presented. Kelley goes over both written
and charted directions, before introducing TECHknitter’s “chart
chart” method, which she first posted about on her blog back in 2007. Learn more about this compelling way to knit lace as TECHknitter chats about the history of lace and charting methods, as well as helpful tips and tricks.
And TECHknitter was kind enough to share some handy visual aids that show the “chart chart” method in action!
An example of a Tabulated Pattern (a proto-chart-chart)
I found out a week ago that a wonderful, dear-to-me-friend would be
visiting Seattle this weekend and my first thought was that I definitely
wanted to knit her a little present. However, a week isn’t much time to
whip a present up and I wanted to make sure it was something she would
want to wear in the mild climes of Arizona. So I began trawling through
my magical Ravelry queue and found Lexy Lu’s Foreign Correspondent’s Scarf.
I loved the lace pattern, the simple repeate and the fact that I could
easily turn it into a cowl if I didn’t have time to knit a full scarf.
Did you see? We now carry beads for you to add to your knitting!
Beads add a wonderful element to knitted items. They add sparkle and
drape to lace shawls, fancy highlights to handbags, and they stand out
against plainer items to create something special. With this in mind, I
wrote the Starry Stole pattern!
This free pattern features a pattern of beads in a starry field on a background of simple stockinette stitch.
Not ready to let go of your summer knitting just yet? Keep your lace projects inspired with this week’s podcast as Kelley chats with designer Anna Dalvi, author of the books Shaping Shawls and Ancient Egyptian Lace & Color. Hear …