How to Knit Lace – an introduction to lace knitting
If you haven’t done it before, learning to knit lace takes some time, concentration, and practice. But it is a skill that can be mastered by most knitters, so don’t let the complex-looking results scare you off!
At Tin Can Knits, Emily is the ‘lace queen’ and this spring and summer she will guide you through the basics of lace, and share some more complex techniques and tips!
WANT TO LEARN TO KNIT LACE ?
Join in and discover your love of lace! In the upcoming weeks we will share tutorials on:
– how to read a lace chart (and follow text instructions)
– how to work lace increases and decreases (yo, k2tog, ssk, sl1-k2tog-psso)
– choosing needles and yarn for lace knitting
– how to block lace
– troubleshooting and problem solving in lace knitting
Soon you will be casting on with confidence for a lacy cardigan, stunning shawl, or cute lace cowl!
If you aren’t familiar with our excellent tutorials, check out The Simple Collection – our free learn-to-knit series with 8 patterns and in-depth tutorials covering knitting techniques from how to knit and purl to how to knit your first sweater and socks!
NEW FREE PATTERN ::: Gothic Lace Cowl (or Scarf)
We are introducing a new free pattern this June, designed specifically for beginner lace knitters. The Gothic Lace Cowl (or scarf) has a simple, repetitive lace pattern, which is perfect for beginners, and because is knit in worsted or aran weight yarn, so it won’t take forever to make. Sign up for our email updates, and we’ll let you know when this free pattern is available!
A BIT ABOUT KNITTED LACE :::
Lace consists of artfully arranged holes in the knitted fabric.
The holes are usually formed by an increase stitch called a yarn-over (yo). Because the yarn-over stitches increase the stitch count, they must be balanced out by a corresponding number of decrease stitches.
Several different sorts of decreases may be used in lace knitting: single decreases like knit 2 together (k2tog), or slip-slip-knit (ssk) which decrease a single stitch, and multiple decreases like sl1-k2tog-psso (slip one stitch, knit the next 2 stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over the k2tog and off the needles) which decreases 2 stitches by combining 3 stitches into a single stitch. You may be familiar with these shaping stitches from your previous knitting projects.
A lace stitch pattern is a set of instructions which results in a lacy knitted fabric. Just like other types of stitch patterns (cables, textures), a lace stitch pattern will have a stitch repeat (how many stitches wide is the pattern before it repeats again), and a row repeat (how many rows tall is the pattern before it repeats again).
Lace stitch patterns are described using text instructions, or more often using charts. At Tin Can Knits, most of our lace patterns are shown in charts only, because charts are much more compact and help knitters visualize the finished form of the knitting and learn to ‘read’ their knitting, which is an important skill for avoiding mistakes and troubleshooting. Check out our in-depth tutorial on how to read a knitting chart.
WHET YOUR LACE KNITTING APPETITE :::
We love to incorporate lace into all types of knitting projects, in bulky or fine yarns! If you follow along with our lace tutorials over the coming weeks, you will be all set to tackle a beautiful lace project this spring.
Have you tried lace knitting in the past and had difficulties? Do you have specific questions about a techique? Leave a comment below and I will do my best to point you on the road to lace knitting bliss (yes… that is a place I like to go)!
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