Lace Experiments

Lace Experiments class samples

3-6 class hours.

Yarn overs and decreases interact to give lace patterns shape and form. Switch decrease type or placement, and the character of the lace can change completely. Why is this so? We’ll review the characteristics of lace building blocks, and look at how their placement affects the resulting lace piece. Never used charts? You’ll learn how to read them, as well as how to prevent and fix mistakes. Then we’ll experiment with different lace patterns, taking them from chart to swatch and examining the end result. Take your knitted lace (or lace knitting!) to the next level!

Topics covered
Lace-appropriate cast ons and bind offs.
Decrease and increase variations
Reading charts
Preventing and fixing mistakes
Edgings and attaching them

Materials 

  • 50 yards #2 or 3 sport or dk weight yarn (A)
  • US 7(4.5 mm) needle to 9(5.5mm) needles (depending on weight and if loose/tight knitter)
  • 50 yards #0 lace weight yarn (B)
  • US 5(3.75mm) to 7(4.5 mm) needles (depending on if loose/tight knitter)
  • Small amount of scrap yarn
  • Ring markers, yarn needle

Homework

With A, cast on 24 sts. Knit 4 rows.
Row 1 K1, [yo, k2tog] to last stitch, k1.
Row 2 Purl.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 9 more times.
Knit 2 rows.
Row 1 K1, [ssk, yo] to last stitch, k1.
Row 2 Purl.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 9 more times. Knit 4 rows. Bind off.