Knit a Lace Scarf

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Please email me for fees and availability. (donna@sheeptoshawl.com)

6 hours (one 6-hour session or two 3-hour sessions)

For years I tried to learn how to knit lace, and was frustrated as I failed each time. I finally gave up because I wanted to have fun knitting and enjoy my hobby. I was able to knit cables, fair isle, intarsia, and even entrelac with no problems, but lace stymied me over and over again. I thought I would never be able to knit lace, until I stumbled onto Dorothy Reade’s simple techniques.

Working from charts, understanding decreases, and knitting with worsted-weight yarn and larger needles gave me the confidence and practice I needed to ease into lace knitting. If I learned how to knit lace after years of frustration and failure, I know other knitters can, too!

In this workshop we will discuss the tools and yarns used to knit lace, learn how to follow lace charts, and make one swatch in sport-weight yarn. Students will then begin to knit a lace scarf.

For the advanced-beginner to intermediate knitter. Students should know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl, and should have completed several projects. Some experience with lace recommended but not required.

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Morning / Session 1

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Lace Overview
Tools and materials
Stitches used in lace
Reading charts
Begin Swatch 1

Afternoon / Session 2
Working repeats
Begin Swatch 2
Fixing mistakes
Stretchy bind-off
Blocking
Measuring gauge

Materials
Size 5 and 3 straight needles
Approx 50 yards of sport-weight yarn in any animal fiber, light colors are best
400 yards of lace or fingering weight yarn for scarf
Stitch markers
Sticky notes (recommended) or row counter
Basic knitting tools

Handout and pattern will be provided

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