Lace knitting can be as simple as combining yarnovers and knit-two-togethers to create openwork patterns in your knitting. It can also get as complicated as triple decreases, multiple different repeats, and charted patterns knit in the round. But it's all within your reach! Just start at the beginning: Yo, k2tog.

Video Knitting Course: Charts Demystified

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Charts are full of symbols that can be confusing and hard to remember. But they also allow you to knit complex patterns easily. With over 7 hours of video, our Charts Demystified video class teaches you everything you need to know about knitting from knit-and-purl, lace, cable, Fair-Isle, Intarsia, double-knitting, duplicate stitch, and Mosaic charts so that you can approach any charted pattern with confidence.


Video Knitting Course: Feather-and-Fan Lace

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Feather-and Fan is intimidating because it's so hard to recognize and fix mistakes on lace. Learn and practice with a time-proven lace pattern so you can feel confident approaching harder projects.


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Feather and Fan Lace 1 – How to Do Basic Feather and Fan (Old Shale) Pattern

Feather and Fan Lace 1 – How to Do Basic Feather and Fan (Old Shale) Pattern
Feather and Fan Lace 1 – How to Do Basic Feather and Fan (Old Shale) Pattern


Jeny’s Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for 1×1 Rib

Jeny’s Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for 1×1 Rib
Jeny’s Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for 1×1 Rib

A fairly easy and very stretchy bind-off that is great for 1×1 rib. You will not be disappointed with its stretch or sturdiness. Leaves a visible edge.


Frilled Standard Bind-Off

Frilled Standard Bind-Off
Frilled Standard Bind-Off


Waterfall Lace

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Waterfall Lace

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.



Blog Post: Download The Aspen Ice Hat Pattern And Enter To Win Magnolia Handspun Yarn

Easy Knit Hat Aspen Ice Hat side view close upBy Liat Gat – Founder / Lace, News / March 3, 2012 / 219 Comments

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.

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Blog Post: Free Pattern and Video: Beginner Lace Scarf For Summer – The Palm Springs Feather and Fan Lace Scarf

Pink Feather and Fan Summer 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.

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Blog Post: Best Bind-Off For Lace – The Frilled Standard Bind-Off

Frilled Standard Bind-Off - Best Bind-Off for LaceBy 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.

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Blog Post: Lace Knitting: As Easy As Making A Paper Snowflake

Little girl holding up paper snowflake and smilingBy 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.

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Blog Post: 4 Characteristics That Make A Lace Pattern Easy Or Hard

Morgenrot pattern by Herbert Niebling – a charted pattern knitted in the roundBy 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.

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Blog Post: Feast Your Eyes – 11 Gorgeous Lace Projects to Inspire You

Silvermist Lace Bath Set by Romi HillBy 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.

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Blog Post: Aspen Ice Lace Cowl – Designed Exclusively For Magnolia Handspun

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.

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Guest Blog Post: Workshop With Cookie A: Adding Stitch-Patterns to Socks

Cabled socks by Cookie A square cropBy Alex Capshaw-Taylor / Cables, Designing Patterns, Guest Posts, 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.

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Blog Post: 9 Top-Rated Lace-Knitting Projects for Beginners

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.

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Blog Post: How to Choose the Very Best Knitting Needles for Lace

Signature Needles Recommended Straight Needles Single Points Stiletto TipBy 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.

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Lace Abbreviations

K – 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


Free and Premium Videos

Feather and Fan Lace 1 – How to Do Basic Feather and Fan (Old Shale) Pattern

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Feather and Fan Lace 1 – How to Do Basic Feather and Fan (Old Shale) Pattern
Feather and Fan Lace 1 – How to Do Basic Feather and Fan (Old Shale) Pattern


Feather and Fan Lace 2 – How to Tell What Row You’re On

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Feather and Fan Lace 3 – How to Tell Where You Are in the Row

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Feather and Fan Lace 4 – Troubleshooting Lace – Fixing Mistakes and Binding Off

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Jeny’s Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for 1×1 Rib

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Jeny’s Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for 1×1 Rib
Jeny’s Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for 1×1 Rib

A fairly easy and very stretchy bind-off that is great for 1×1 rib. You will not be disappointed with its stretch or sturdiness. Leaves a visible edge.


Frilled Standard Bind-Off

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Frilled Standard Bind-Off
Frilled Standard Bind-Off

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”).


Picot Chain Bind-Off

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Picot Chain Bind-Off on Lace (fFeather and Fan)
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.


Zig-Zag Lace – Beginning Lace

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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.


Optional Lace Pattern for Top-Down Socks

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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.


Waterfall Lace

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Waterfall Lace
Waterfall Lace

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: 10-Inch Signature Needles by Signature Needle Arts

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Signature Needles are the official straight needle of KnitFreedom. Their stiletto-tip straight needle is smooth, accurate, and perfect for lace knitting.

I recommend the 10″ length, stiletto tip (for any knitting). The cap style is up to you!

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Recommended Fabric Care: Blocking Mats by KnitIQ

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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.

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Recommended Notion: T-Pins by KnitIQ

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T-pins are excellent for blocking your garments into the right shape. Use with blocking mats to get the best results.

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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.

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