Lace knitting for the rest of us (+ giveaway!)

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

Detail of Rainstorm and Desert Dusk shawlAre you a lace knitter or just a wannabe? Do you gaze longingly at gorgeous lace scarves and shawls displayed in your local yarn shop, proudly posted on Ravelry, or fashionably tossed around the necks and shoulders of your friends?

If you’re intimidated by the thought of even attempting to knit lace, you can relax now. We’re here to help. We believe that inside every knitter there’s a lace knitter in the making, and we have just the tool to help you succeed. It’s called Lavish Lace.

There was a time when nearly all knitted lace patterns involved small needles and very fine yarn (that’s why it’s called lace weight, right?). Fortunately, those constraints have been tossed aside, and even chunky yarns are being knit up in open, airy designs. But thicker yarn doesn’t always make those designs less scary.

The late Carol Noble was an extraordinary knitter and teacher. Her passion was knitting lace and her mission was to make lace knitting accessible to everyone who longed to attempt it. She achieved her goal brilliantly in Lavish Lace, which is available again after having been out of print for several years.

In this gorgeous book, Carol and her coauthor, the amazing colorist Cheryl Potter, combined their talents to create a range of lovely projects presented in stunning colorways and a variety of yarns. But this is so much more than just a book of scarf knitting patterns. Carol shared volumes of lace knitting knowledge gained over years of study and practice. In addition to the step-by-step instructions, each project includes elements designed to ensure success and build confidence. For example, “Learning through Swatching” photos demonstrate how using different yarns can completely change the look of a design.

Knitted lace swatches from Chancay Morning
These two swatches of the “Chancay Morning” pattern (above right) show the effect of yarn choice on the finished piece.

The “Learning Curve,” “Technical Tips,” and “Beginner’s Edge” sections in each project provide detailed information and guidance for that project.

Then there are the yarns! The authors worked together to find the ideal fiber for each of Carol’s designs. When they were satisfied they’d found it, Cheryl developed the colorway that would perfectly express Carol’s vision. She shares her inspiration for each colorway and even provides an explanation of the various dyeing techniques.

Yarn-dyeing techniques
Cheryl’s basic dye methods, from left: immersion dye, dip dye, space dye, hand paint, and potluck.

Lavish LaceThe projects increase in complexity so that working your way through the book is like taking a course in how to knit lace. This is a book to be read, used, and returned to again and again as your experience and confidence grow. Carol writes: “…even in lace, rules are made to be broken. By now, you must realize that Cheryl and I are leading you down the path of creativity with lace where, after you learn how to get the most out of both yarn and colorway, personal preference will become the only rule not to break. As you progress, it will become second nature to consider the character of a yarn, see the colorway, feel the texture, pull together a complementary pattern, and utilize your sharpened technique to achieve a successful garment.”

So, how about you? Are you ready to follow Carol and Cheryl down the path of creative lace knitting? Have a look at the projects in the slideshow below and you’ll see why this book is back by popular demand.


Have you tried your hand at knitting lace? Share your experience in the comments and you could win a copy of the Lavish Lace eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Parrot House

Parrot House

Peacocks Pride

Peacocks Pride

Ocean Moods

Ocean Moods

Sangria

Sangria

A Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

A Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

Rosebuds and Climbing Roses

Rosebuds and Climbing Roses

Irish Mists Peat Moss and Gorse

Irish Mists Peat Moss and Gorse

A World Lit Only by Fire

A World Lit Only by Fire

La Waytacha

La Waytacha

Rainstorm and Desert Dusk

Rainstorm and Desert Dusk

Chancay Morning

Chancay Morning

Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves

Frost Flowers

Frost Flowers


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