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Lace Knitting, it's Easier than you Think!

Lace Knitting, it's Easier than you Think!

Lace Knitting Mystique

One of the many aspects of lace, (besides its beauty) is an aura of complexity and difficulty. Most knitters believe that lace shouldn't be attempted until you are an intermediate knitter or expert.  That's just not so.  Lace projects can be involved and intricate, but those intimidating projects are just a small portion of what can be done.  The majority of stitches and projects are easy to understand and achieve.  Better still some really beautiful lace stitch patterns are easy to remember too, ensuring a very satisfying knit and beautiful end result.

Perfect way to try Lace: Elizabeth Lace Shawl Knitting pattern there's a Free Knit along for this Project

Perfect way to try Lace: Elizabeth Lace Shawl Knitting pattern there's a Free Knit along for this Project

What Stitches You Should Know or Learn

The following is a basic list of what you will typically find included in a lace patterns: 

  • K:  knit
  • K2TOG:  knit 2 together
  • P:  purl
  • P2TOG:  purl 2 together
  • PSSO:  pass slip stitch over
  • SKP:  slip knit pass
  • SSK:  slip slip knit
  • TBL:  through the back loop
  • YO:  yarn over

Why Consider A Lace Pattern

Once you know what stitches might be included here are some hints on why you may want to consider a lace pattern:

  • Takes a good deal less yarn.  The more open the pattern, the less yarn you'll use.
  • Universally flattering
  • Many patterns have written instructions as well as charted
  • An uncomplicated lace will make a semi-solid or space-dyed yarn sing

Tips For Success

  • Choose bamboo needles for silky or slippery fiber, metal for fuzzy fibers. 
  • Tapered or sharp tipped needles are best for lifting stitches and knitting them together.
  • In lieu of a sharp tipped needle, use the point of a sharp tipped cable needle to lift pesky stitches.
  • Create a practice swatch in the lace pattern stitch.  This will help you practice the lace motif on a small area first.

Happy (lace) knitting!

- Donna, Your Friendly Knitting Doctor

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Donna Pelzar

Donna (aka the Knitting Doctor) is the face behind The New Street Knitter patterns. She teaches knitting instruction for all skill levels in her studio and loves to focus on techniques and interesting stitch patterns. She recently expanded into pattern design and we are thrilled to be able to offer her patterns at NobleKnits. Donna also hosts all of our Knit Alongs.

Knit & Crochet Pillow Free Pattern

Knit & Crochet Pillow Free Pattern

Knit & Crochet Pillow Free Pattern

Just right for brightening up any spot in your home, a cozy cushion! This pillow works up fast using one skein of Feza Alp Oriental yarn. The combination of both knit and crochet stitches perfectly accompanies the color and texture changing yarn. 

Completed Pillow Measures: 19 x 19" approximately

You will need:

*Pillow is created from 1 ball where front side shows your design. If you desire a pillow with knit cover on front and back, 2 balls of yarn are required.

 

Alp Oriental Rounded Shawl Free Pattern

One ball of Alp Oriental yarn is all you need to create this gorgeous rounded shawl.

One size.

Completed Shawl Measures: 12.5" high x 72" long

You will need:

Happy knitting!

 

Mitered Square Vest Free Knitting Pattern

Mitered Square Vest Free Knitting Pattern

Mitered Square Vest Free Knitting Pattern

Sizes: S/M (M/L, XL)

Fits Bust Sizes: 34-36 (38-40, 42-44)"

You will need:

Gauge: 2 sts and 3 rows = 1" in stockinette stitch

 Happy knitting!

Fringed Shoulder Cozy Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Fringed Cozy Cowl Free Knitting Pattern - 1 ball project!

Fringed Cozy Cowl Free Knitting Pattern - 1 ball project!

Fast, fun, and fringed! This quick to knit cowl features highly textured Feza Alp Oriental yarn. It's knitted in the round on big needles then topped with dramatic fridge. Wear this cowl over sweaters, jackets, or even a simple white tee.

Skill Level: Easy!

You will need:

Happy knitting!