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The Magnolia Handspun giveaway is over, but you can still knit this gorgeous, chunky, winter hat worthy of the Aspen slopes. Designed by Camille Emond of Magnolia Handspun yarn, this free lace hat pattern is perfect for bulky handspun yarn. Read Post »
Blog Post: Free Pattern and Video: Beginner Lace Scarf For Summer – The Palm Springs Feather and Fan Lace ScarfBy Liat Gat – Founder / Intermediate Knitting, Lace, New Patterns / June 29, 2013 / 97 Comments
It’s summer, but you still want to knit. Here’s a great summer scarf pattern that is good for those new to lace-knitting. Even though it looks complicated, it’s not, especially when you follow the tutorial videos included here. Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / Bind-Offs, Bind-Offs for Lace, Lace / February 20, 2014 / 88 Comments
A standard bind-off is just too firm to use as a bind-off on lace. That’s why patterns tell you to “bind off loosely.” But I have a better solution for you: The Frilled Standard Bind-Off. It’s fast, easy, you can block it and stretch it, and it fits perfectly with scalloped and straight edges. Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / Lace / April 10, 2015 / 42 Comments
Lace knitting is all about strategically placing holes in your knitting, just as when you cut holes in paper to make a paper snowflake. In knitting, make a hole by doing a yarnover (YO) increase, then add in a knit-two-together (k2tog) decrease to get your knitting back to the original number of stitches. Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / Lace / May 4, 2015 / 32 Comments
When you’re looking at a lace pattern and seeing if you want to knit it, check these 3 things: Is it knitted (a) flat or (b) in the round? Does it have (a) written directions or (b) charted directions? Does is use (a) thick yarn or (b) thin yarn? These will help you decide how hard or easy a lace pattern is. Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / Lace / April 30, 2015 / 24 Comments
Here are 11 hand-picked lace projects I recommend, from beginner to advanced. Complex lace shawls and fingerless lace mitts round out the collection. Join our lace pinboard on Pinterest to keep finding new projects. Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / Lace, New Patterns / December 7, 2010 / 16 Comments
Camilla Emond of Magnolia Handspun has asked me to create an exclusive pattern for this wonderful new yarn, which I was delighted to do. The result: a one-skein project for intermediate knitters that shows off the texture, color, and fiber mixture of bulky handspun yarn. Read Post »
Guest Blog Post: Workshop With Cookie A: Adding Stitch-Patterns to SocksBy Alex Capshaw-Taylor / Cables, Designing Patterns, Lace, Socks, Top-Down Socks / April 1, 2011 / 4 Comments
Three professional tips for adding cables, lace, or other stitch-patterns to your socks, including combining multiple stitch patterns, checking to see if the socks will come out too big or too small, and heel-flap design tips. Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / Lace / May 6, 2015 / 2 Comments
9 pure beginner lace patterns, featuring Jared Flood designs and more. Easy lace scarves and shawls are perfect for beginning lace knitters. Join our easy lace Pinterest board for more projects. Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / Lace, Recommended Resources / March 29, 2019 / No Comments
For lace knitting, the first and only rule is this: make sure the needles you choose have sharp, tapered tips. Signature needles are my preferred brand of straight knitting needle for lace, while Addi Lace are my favorite circulars. Read Post »
Free Pattern: “Aspen Ice” Super Bulky Lace Hat
The Aspen Ice Hat is a fast and easy knit hat for one skein of extra bulky or thick-and-thin yarn. It features a wide garter-stitch brim and an easy openwork body that spirals to a generous pompom at the tip. The hat is knit in the round using handspun, bulky, or thick-and-thin yarn. Tip: You can hold two strands of yarn together if your yarn isn’t thick enough. Includes instructions for knitting in the round on Magic Loop.
Free Pattern: “Palm Springs” Feather and Fan Lace Scarf – Sport Weight
This is a sport-weight scarf with a four-row lace repeat.
Actually, only one of those rows is a pattern row, which makes this a great lace scarf pattern for beginners.
Learn to do lace AND catch and fix all common beginner lace mistakes – I supply 4 free videos to help you learn.
Although I wouldn’t recommend knitting the scarf inside a movie theater, this pattern and the accompanying free videos will get you comfortable with Feather-and-Fan (Old Shale) lace.
Free Pattern: Winter Waterfall Lace SweaterWho says you can’t look sexy in winter? This challenging sweater is designed to flatter your curves and highlight your face. The advanced lace is charted and knit in the round.
Lace AbbreviationsK – Knit
K2tog – Knit 2 Together
K2togtbl – Knit 2 Together Through the Back Loops
KFB – Knit Front and Back
M1 – Make One
M1L – Make One Left
M1R – Make One Right
P – Purl
P2tog – Purl 2 Together
PFB – Purl Front and Back
PM – Place Marker
PSSO – Pass Slipped Stitch Over
Rep From * – Go back to the * and repeat. As in “K5, *(P2, K5), rep from * to end.”
Rnd(s) – Round(s) – row(s) of round knitting
S2KP – Slip 2, Knit, Pass
SKP – Slip, Knit, Pass
SM – Slip marker
SSK – Slip, Slip, Knit
St St – Stockinette Stitch
Sts – Stitches
YO – Yarnover
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This is an intermediate bind-off for ribbing that is super stretchy. It is not blazingly fast, but it’s faster than most of the other stretchy bind-offs out there.
This bind-off, also called JSSBO, is a heavy-duty bind-off that stretches out — yes — surprisingly far, and then, accordion-like, springs back into shape. It does this feat better than many other stretchy bind-offs, which either flare when un-stretched or stay stretched out once stretched (and nobody wants that).
This is an intermediate, medium-speed bind-off that I highly recommend you learn, mostly because it’s great for binding off on lace projects — as a frilly bind-off it’s actually not very frilly at all.
It does increase the number of stitches that are in the bind-off, which makes the edge wider (thus making it flare out a little bit – hence, the “frill”).
The Picot Chain Bind-Off is an intermediate, medium-speed increase bind-off. This means that you add stitches (yarnovers, in this case) in order to make a wider edge.
This bind-off is good on any knitting that flares out, when you need to make sure that the bind-off also flares out.
The Picot Chain bind-off is similar to the Yarnover Bind-Off in that it uses yarnovers every other stitch in order to increase the width of the bind-off. Unlike the Yarnover bind off, however, there’s no purling involved.
I don’t particularly like the look of the edge, but I still think this bind-off is worthwhile learning. It’s important to know how to add yarnovers wherever you want into your bind off to make it wider -— useful for when you’re winging it.
This is a beginner lace pattern that you can use to learn easy lace knitting. It makes a lovely zigzag pattern, just with yarnovers and knit-two-togethers.
Add this simple faggotting stitch (the combination of yarnover and knit-two-together) down the front of your socks to create interest and an extra challenge as you knit.
An advanced lace pattern to go with the Winter Waterfall sweater. Charted and knit in the round, this pattern has a small repeat but the BOR changes every round. Challenging but worthwhile.
Recommended Straight Needles: Signature Needles by Signature Needle Arts
Signature Needles are the official straight needle of KnitFreedom. Their stiletto-tip straight needle is smooth, accurate, and perfect for lace knitting.
Recommended Fabric Care: Blocking Mats by KnitIQ
Blocking mats are the perfect way to dry and block your knit garments. The grid lines help you keep the garment edges straight, and large T-pins let you pin the piece to the recommended measurements. A blocking mat is a must for large lace shawls or any garment you need to lay out flat to dry.
Recommended Notion: T-Pins by KnitIQ
T-pins are excellent for blocking your garments into the right shape. Use with blocking mats to get the best results.
Recommended Book: Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelets by Erika Knight (editor)
A beautifully-photographed masterpiece with 250 lace patterns to incorporate into your projects. You will learn so much and exercise your creativity when you add these lace patterns to your designs.