Lace knitting is a beautiful form of artistic knitting! It is also, contrary to what most people think, a very fast knit. Not a whole lot of time gets wasted when you are knitting HOLES! Lace is more about what you don't knit than what you do! You will learn the basics of knitting lace, lace design, and reading written and charted directions, and more.
Skills you will need to bring to the class: Know how to cast on, cast off, knit and purl.
Supplies to bring to class:
● A ball of lace weight knitting yarn. You can bring wool or a wool blend. No brushed or fuzzy yarn; preferrabley smooth plied.
● Two pairs of US knitting needles, size US#5, 6 or 7. I prefer 24inch circulars, or short SP's. We will swatch!
● Graph paper (4 squares to the inch)
● Notions- size E crochet hook, stitch markers, row counter, pencil and paper, darning needle, scissors or snips
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This is a 3/4 DAY class COST - $50.00
LACE KNITTING OUTLINE
I. YARN AND NEEDLE CHOICES
a. Wool, cotton, mohair, silk – so many choices
b. Preferred needles
c. Gauge – considering relationship of knit sts to YO’s in a pattern
II. CASTING ON/OFF
a. Long tail cast on
b. Cable cast on
c. Backward loop cast on
d. Invisible cast on
e. Invisible crochet cast on
f. Emily Ockers circular start
g. Casting off
h. 3 needle cast off
i. EZ sewn cast off
IV. SOME COMMON STITCHES
a. K1, P1, YO (between 2 P, between K\P, between P\K, between 2K), K1tbl, M1, Lifted increase, Double YO, Knit in front and back, Knit and purl in the same stitch.
b. Directionality in knit decreases and how this affects fabric
1. Some left leaning: ssk, ssp, skpo, sk2po, k2togtbl, p2tog, p2togtbl
2. Some right leaning: k2tog
V. WRITTEN/CHARTED DIRECTIONS
a. Following a written pattern – asterisks, brackets, parenthesis, repeats
b. Reading charted directions – legends
c. Using pattern libraries
d. Right side, wrong side!
e. Helpful tools
VI. WET FINISHING/BLOCKING LACE
a. Washing fibers
c. Heat processing
VII. PRESERVING YOUR LACES