A beginner lace chart: English Fern

A beginner lace chart: English Fern

Lace knitting

I wrote a little post about lace blocking, and forgot to mention which lace stitch I used for the sample. This is one of my favourites. An old traditional pattern that pops up in most knitting pattern guides. Barbara Walker includes it as “Fern or Leaf-Patterned Lace” in her first Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and … Read More

The Talk Part 2

The Talk Part 2

Lace knitting

Last week I brought up that old conversation stopper: blocking. You know how it is. A group of knitters is chatting amiably, and one suddenly announces, “I never block.” And the room goes quiet. Someone else chimes in, “Me neither, unless it’s acrylic, then I iron it.” You shift nervously in your chair, and then … Read More

Things Suddenly Get Awkward: The Talk

Things Suddenly Get Awkward: The Talk

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It’s time for The Talk. I know, how awkward. But I want you to be informed so you can make the right decisions in your adult life. Don’t be embarrassed. It’s a beautiful, natural expression of love. As long as the water isn’t too hot or too cold, and the pins are rust-free. I’m talking, … Read More

How to Block Knitted Lace

How to Block Knitted Lace

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“Blocking” is a finishing step in your knitting when you straighten and even out stitches, usually with heat or moisture. Blocking is also done again after you wash a knitted item. Blocking after knitting will set the item into its final shape. While most knits should be blocked to make them look their best, lace … Read More

How to make a double eyelet

How to make a double eyelet

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A knitted eyelet is essentially an increase paired with a decrease, and makes a hole about the height and width of one stitch. But you can do more with the eyelet than a single hole. How about a double eyelet? You see double eyelets on their own, but also combined is some kinds of lace. … Read More

Knitting Techniques: Double Decreases

Knitting Techniques: Double Decreases

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Well, the rain continues to fall. Has there ever been a time without rain, or was that a collective dream? Rain = clouds = no light for pictures. When I get my new shutter remote release (had to order a new one, Canon has put a proprietary type of port on some of their newer … Read More

Lace Knitting for Beginners

Lace knitting

The availability of knitting instructions and visual guides online has added to the popularity of knitting techniques that were once tricky to learn. Lace knitting in the form of fine vintage lace or heirloom blankets makes it looks complex and difficult. But all lace knitting, from the simplest to the most advanced, is constructed by … Read More

Decreases and Increases used in Lace Knitting

Lace knitting

These are some common stitches you’ll need for lace knitting. Single Decreases (These “lean” visually to the right or left, depending on how you work them). k2tog (Right leaning). Knit 2 together. On WS, p2tog: Purl 2 together. k2tog-b (Left leaning). Knit 2 together through back loop. On WS, p2tog-b: Purl 2 together through back loop, inserting … Read More