Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A knitting workshop focus: Introduction to lace 22nd November

Lace knitting can be chunky, warm and rustic, or delicate, light and ethereal. It can be modern or evoke a vintage feel. It can be geometric and striking, organic and intricate.  (All the images here are of my knitting, simply because I don't want to use other people's photos without permission, but search any image collection for lace knitting, and you'll see what I mean!)

It can brighten up a formal look, or add a touch of elegant glamour to a casual outfit. For the product knitter, there is plenty to like; for the process knitter, there is a world of possibilities, of intricate stitches and fun techniques.

All that, and in terms of pennies per knitting hour, lace knitting is by far the most economical road to tread. I'm planning my next garment: Bonny, by Tincanknits. It will cost me less than £20 in yarn - a single skein of laceweight - and that's despite more stitches than I'm going to think about very hard.

At the same time as offering all these opportunities for the knitter, lace tends to daunt us a little. But there are charts! But it's difficult! But it's so fine! But, but, but!

It isn't that difficult, and charts in and of themselves aren't incomprehensible. They're different, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, and written instructions can run parallel to those charts to ensure you are comfortable with both forms.

My Beginner's Lace class is designed to teach you all you need to know about knitting simple lace. Beginning with a focus on reading your knitting, and exploring specialist cast-ons, increases and decreases, we'll experiment with swatches to see how these elements work together.

We'll explore patterns for lace knitting, looking at the differences between charted and written-out instructions, and you will start to knit a simple sampler scarf, which you can finish at home.

If you'd like to join me for this class on the 22nd November at the Malvern Cube from 10 am - 1 pm, please email me: ruthcrafts [ at ] ruthv [ dot ] co [ dot ] uk. The class costs £25, to include materials (needles and yarn) for the workshop, as well as the pattern and kit to knit the Flower Lace Stole so that you can consolidate your skills.

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