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« on: March 16, 2006 12:16:59 PM »

I really, really want to make some lace wraps for my wedding this summer, and there seem to be so many beautiful patterns, but I've never knit lace before.
Could you recommend some easy to learn lace patterns?  Could you recommend some really informative lace books? Where do you like to buy your lace yarn from?
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2006 01:45:52 PM »

Knitty's Branching Out scarf http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTbranchingout.html is a good easy learn to knit lace pattern. Not so hard that you want to rip your hair out and cry, but hard enough that you do need to pay attention (particularly to row seven, just a tip).


http://www.knitpicks.com/ has some good laceweight yarn as does http://handpaintedyarn.com/index.php


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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2006 02:24:34 PM »

Be careful to choose a pattern that has every 2nd row just purl (or just knit).  This gives you a chance to catch your breath before launching into another round of k2tog, psso, wrn, & other mysteries! Smiley

More advanced lace knitting often has complicated  stitches on the even rows as well, so look for that lovely instruction, 'Row 2 & all other even rows, purl" or similar.

Also, choose a pattern that does not have too many rows to it, for your first try.  A four row pattern, (with 2 of those rows straight purl) is a good way to go, till you get the hang of it.

The feather & fan stitch on this page is a great starting pattern as it only calls for one complicated row in four, and looks  much harder than it is,,... thus earning the knitter unwarrented kudos! ( NB 'Feather & Fan' is also sometimes called "Old Shale'


Here are some patterns using 'Feather & fan'
http://www.jimsyldesign.com/~dishbout/kpatterns/feather.html  ( to try it out)

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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2006 11:03:53 AM »

Eunny at www.eunnyjang.com is doing a series on lace. 
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2006 12:29:29 PM »

Thanks for the lace information. I think I may start by making a feather and fan scarf for myself, and thenn check out some leafy lace patterns like branching out, I love the leafy lace.
I was looking at Eunny's blog, and there is a ton of information on there! I'm taking a break from it to allow it all to sink in.
kiwimum - thanks for the tip on how to find a simple lace pattern, I'll definitely be taking that into account. I never would have thought to look for something like that, or even have noticed that some patterns had simple rows, and some didn't.
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2006 01:55:50 PM »

I think I may start by making a feather and fan scarf for myself,

I was just going to suggest that you start with the feather and fan pattern!  The Misty Garden Scarf in Scarf Style is a good basic pattern!

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