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



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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  • Most of the lace I have knit has been as the pattern on socks. I love to knit lace from charts. I’ve also knit a scarf in a lace pattern and can tell you that knitting lace with acrylic yarn is not recommended!

    —Karen Watkins on February 28, 2014
  • I love to knit lace, especially shawls and scarves.

    —DebrafromMD on February 28, 2014
  • I’ve never tried knitting lace, but I would love to learn!

    Kathy Gilson on February 28, 2014
  • I’m still trying to learn lace knitting. I do okay for a little while and then, somehow, I manage to lose my place and have to rip back a few rows. But it’s so pretty, I’ll just keep working on it.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Ruth Rocker on February 28, 2014
  • I’m currently knitting a lace shawl with pattern on every row in some parts. It’s slow going as it’s got fiddly stitches (curse you, p2tog tbl) but it’s going to be so gorgeous and worth it when it’s done….in 6 months or more.

    —Kyla L on February 28, 2014
  • Yes, I love lace! And the more I practice, the more I like it. Some of my projects turn out great, some not so great, but it’s practice that makes perfect. You just have to start doing it and learning from your mistakes and all the great books and videos available!

    —Teckla Buller on February 28, 2014
  • As really still a beginner, would love to learn to knit lace. As soon as l make a mistake, l always need help from someone to fix it up. I need to learn this skill first. As just a novice knitter l am hoping to improve my skills in the near future.

    —Anne on February 28, 2014
  • the book is beautiful i knit snd crochet but have never tried lace knitting thanks for the chance to win

    debra on February 28, 2014
  • I haven’t had the nerve to try knitting lace but after seeing these pictures, I’m inspired to try!

    —Catherine Parrish on February 28, 2014
  • I have always admired lace and have wanted to try to learn how to do it, but have felt inadequate to try. I would like to learn. Thank you for the opportunity.

    —Anna on February 28, 2014
  • I have been knitting all my life except when patchwork took over but have gone back to it. I have knitted some lace and love the effects with the newer yarns. In the past couple of years I have become addicted to knitting scarves! Would love to use some of the patterns in this book.

    —Jill Dearing on February 28, 2014
  • While I have done some lace knitting, I still consider myself a novice at it. My projects seem to challenge my vision as I try to follow the pattern across the charts. I would love to learn to make corrections without having to frog back several rows. It seems the only solution is to do more lace knitting with different yarns and Lavish Lace would be a wonderful path to knit my way thru.

    —tanya on February 28, 2014
  • I’m having a hard time keeping the pattern straight. I either need to practice more or start with a simpler pattern.

    —LeAnne L on February 28, 2014
  • I am new to knitting lace but have just finished a lace scarf. I am now knitting a lace cowl and another lace scarf. I found that placing markers at the beginning of each pattern really helped me to not lose track and if t have made a mistake it is easier to backtrack and find it. Also using needles thAt are pointed is better than those with rounded tips. I hope th continue learning how to knit lace patterns. Barb Whitehead

    —Barbara Whitehead on February 28, 2014
  • I haven’t tried lace knitting for about 40 years when I had a disastrous experience trying to knit a lovely Lacey sweater for my baby on the way. Now I mostly look at these lovely patterns and drool over them . Maybe it’s time to try again!

    —Janice on February 28, 2014
  • Years ago I made crochet doilies …. a lot of them! I would love to try knitting lace shawls and scarves!

    —Judy Paiva on February 28, 2014
  • I have recently started to do lace knitting. I love it even though it can be quite a bit frustrating at times but the end result is well worth it. I usually have more then one project in the works. Both an easy and a lace and as the mood strikes me I choose which I would prefer to work on.

    —Marion on February 28, 2014
  • I’ve been knitting on and off since I was a child and I love the look of lace knitting, but was always too intimidated by it. Maybe with this book I would get the courage to give it a try!

    —Mary on February 28, 2014
  • I have lace yarns and even looked at videos about making shawls and scarfs but haven’t attempted one yet. I am working on a lace shrug now for my daughter,and that is going well. The lace projects in this book are beautiful especially the yarns and colors. Fabulous.

    —Joyce Gooden on February 28, 2014
  • I have made a few lacy things, baby blankets, scarfs, and vests. I enjoy seeing the pattern develop, and how it looks finished. (Sometimes looking at the finished project I can’t help thinking, "wow, did I make that?") I am always looking for patterns for the next project I make, whether knitting or crocheting.

    —Stephanie Crawford on February 28, 2014
  • I love to knit lace now that I discovered life-lines, LOL!
    And I really like knitting from charts. But I am still learning every day and would love this book to help me to the next level.

    —Heather Koncz on February 28, 2014
  • I love knitting lace! I have made lace socks, dishcloths, shawls, hats, scarves–I’ve tried them all. It’s always good to have a challenge, and lace definitely fits the bill. Having a book on lace would be great. I hope I win!

    —Rachel on February 28, 2014
  • I have done some lace knitting and really love the finished products. I haven’t tried it with small needles and fingering yarn yet.

    —joyce H. on February 28, 2014
  • I would love a chance to win Lavish Lace. I’m a beginner knitter, but the lacy patterns always intimidate me. An instruction book such as Lavish Lace, would certainly help me to overcome my fears and hesitation about lace knitting. Thanks so much for the opportunity to have a chance at winning!

    —Lorene Frischknecht on February 28, 2014
  • I’ve made a few easy lace projects and drool over the more complicated ones.

    —judy ames on February 28, 2014
  • Yes, I have tried knitting lace. Since it was my first attempt, it was somewhat overwhelming but I made it through the scarf. Would love to win the book to try some new patterns. Thank you.

    Cindy Holthaus on February 28, 2014
  • I am working on my first lace scarf. Although it has been slow going for me, I have discovered that it is better for me to knit earlier in the day (easier to see and my concentration is better). I also learned about adding a "life line" to my project; if I make a mistake, it is easy to rip back and not lose a large part of my knitting. So many beautiful project in Lavish Lace!

    —Michele Jacques on February 28, 2014
  • I would love to win for my daughter, so she can make me beautiful things to wear.

    —CindyM on February 28, 2014
  • I’ve tried a few patterns using charts – sometimes with good results, other times not so much. I’m just like Ruth – I often get lost! But I love it so and I really want to keep trying! Thanks for the giveaway.
    – sunshdws at yahoo dot com

    —Sherryl on February 28, 2014
  • I have knit lace and have found that the hardest part is keeping track of where I am in the pattern. The examples of lace knits from the book are amazing….would love to knit them.

    —Pat Limburg on February 28, 2014
  • My knitting needles have been rather constant companions as I’ve recovered from surgery. I’ve lost track of how many winter hats I’ve made, each one a new challenge. Some simple lace, some cables (a love of mine), some simple stockinette. Two sticks and string–what else do I need?!?!?!?

    Now, if I could just make a PAIR of socks.

    —Whiskers on February 28, 2014
  • The lace items are beyond beautiful! I’d like to knit them ALL!!!

    —Jill on February 28, 2014
  • I love knitting lace patterns. especially scarves. People are in such a hurry these days to do things quickly with chunky yarns. I like the fine lacey things that people will marvel at in a hundred years.

    Debbie Taylor on February 28, 2014
  • I knitted my first lace shawl last Fall. It took many tries to understand the chart and get the stitches correct, but when I finished,I had a beautiful garment to wear. I also decided to elevate my knitting expertise level to expert!

    —Anne Myers on February 28, 2014
  • I’ve crocheted lace. I’d love to try knitting it.

    —Jane Larke on February 28, 2014
  • Love the beautiful lace in this book


    lynda prucha on February 28, 2014
  • My Mother-in-Law taught me knitted lace so that I could finish some pretty garments which had been sent to me by an unwell relative. The garments were for my baby daughter. Fast-forward to last winter (I won’t tell you how much time has passed!), and I had the urge to see if I could still do it. I picked a simple shawl pattern, using Aaran wool which someone gave me. I made a few mistakes, but all in all, it turned out to be a lovely shawl. I discovered that the US pattern instructions are written slightly differently from the UK pattern instructions, but I gradually figured it out. Try the patterns, if you can. Knitted lace is elegant, and isn’t it nice when you can say, "I knitted this"?

    Gail G on February 28, 2014
  • Oh, I badly want to improve my lace knitting. I’ve had a go but am still intimidated – especially by the thought of charts!

    —Sue Sharp on February 28, 2014
  • I knit a lace sampler with patterns from the 1800’s but spiced it up by using self striping sock yarn. 🙂

    —Cindy S on February 28, 2014
  • So beautiful. I would love to learn how to do this.

    —Alice on February 28, 2014
  • I always have loved the delicate look of lace knitting but never have given it a try. It’s on my bucket list!!

    —Ann Alexander on February 28, 2014
  • I have been lace knitting for about 10 years now. I love to knit shawls, but because I don’t have much call to wear them, I have changed to shawlettes and cowls. I can wear either of these anytime during the year and in any weather! I love using charts now; they make knitting so much easier!

    —Cynthia W on February 28, 2014
  • I was fortunate to come from a family where my Mom and most of her 7 sisters were knitters/crocheters. Those of us in my generation who were interested were encouraged to try it all! (My aunt once used a fisherman’s sweater pattern to teach a co-worker to knit!) I love knitting lace, and even though I’ve been knitting, etc. for almost 60 years there is always something new to learn. The patterns in this book look beautiful and I’m sure there is a lot to learn!

    —Chrys on February 28, 2014
  • I don’t knit but I know someone who does and she would love this book. If I won it would be a gift to her.

    —marie on February 28, 2014
  • I have knitted lace and unfortunately I was new to knitting when I tried so there was a lot of trial and error; especially in the weight of yarn and the look I was going for. I know I will try again because I love the look of lace knitting.

    —Arlene on February 28, 2014
  • I tried lace knitting and it great until you see a mistake then just try to "tink" (unknit) that section. It’s impossible! I think I have started a scarf pattern at least 15 times with mohair and have knitted 5 to 10 rows make an error and have learn to just cut and start over. I figure eventually I’ll use the whole hank and never make anything…lol

    —Kathleen Lambert on February 28, 2014
  • I have done a few things that would be considered lace knitting but would really love to learn more about it. It is so beautiful, airy and lacy, just makes you want to wrap yourself in that shawl or scarf.

    —connie on February 28, 2014
  • It’s so lovely, I keept thinking I should try again!

    —EJ on February 28, 2014
  • I have made a few scarves for presents; they always bring great comments. Knitting a lace pattern is not something I can do in the car as I’ve found I really need to concentrate!

    —Cindy Rader on February 28, 2014
  • I have been knitting lace shawls for many years now and totally love them. I gave most of them away for gifts but have a few of my own.
    I love this book and have had a copy since it was first published and would love an e-book copy.
    Thank you so much to Carol and Cheryl for such beautiful shawls and all the info you need to make them.
    Lace Shawls look so complicated but are so easy to knit and this book proves it.

    Thanks again ladies,
    Debrielle Welch

    —Debrielle Welch on February 28, 2014
  • The only time I tried lace knitting I didn’t do too badly but then I made a rookie mistake that destroyed the entire work: I did not finish the row I was working on and did not write down where I had stopped when I was interrupted. I could never find my place back and now it’s still hanging on my needles, I haven’t had the heart to rip it. Ugh… Frustrating…

    I am in love with the pictures on this post, I especially love the colors of the dyed yarns!

    —Fabiola Larkin on February 28, 2014
  • takes so much concentration-people keep talking to me- ahhhh

    —kanga on February 28, 2014
  • At last a book for lace knitters! I am an avid lace knitter having worked my way lovingly through projects large and small. I love the way the stitches grow creating the beautiful designs. It becomes almost a mantra, so relaxing and so addictive. I never thought i could do it but i tried and became instantly hooked! I have even travelled to Estonia to knit lace with the ladies there. I have been looking for a book like this for ages and will definitely have one in my collection, i encourgae knitters from every level to start, its easy repetitive and sooooo satisfying. I use a magnetic board and ruler and just pick it up and put it down when i have time. Use lots of coloured markers to keep your place. Get knitting its wonderful!

    —Laurel Cole on February 28, 2014
  • I don’t do much lace knitting. Most of my knitting is for guys, and we don’t wear much lace. However, some lace patterns can look great in masculine pieces, so I incorporate them into my designs when they fit well.

    —KittenWithAWhiplash on February 28, 2014
  • I love the looks of lace and even though lace charts scare me I have ventured into a few small projects that have come out fairly well. I have found, though, that I cannot let my mind wander even for a second else things start looking pretty weird very quickly! 😉

    CarolynJ on February 28, 2014
  • When I was a sophomore in college I found a lace sweater kit in one of the department stores in my college town. I loved to knit, but had never tackled anything like that and I needed a sweater to go with the skirt my mom had made for me out of a beautiful green plaid wool. The kit was marked way down and I figured no one else wanted to try it either. So I bought it for about $20 and took it to my dorm room and thought I could probably figure it out. Much to my delight the pattern was not that hard to get the hang of and I knitted every night after my studies were done…sort of my down time to relax before going to sleep. In a couple of weeks I had the sweater finished and it really was the perfect compliment to my skirt. I wore that sweater for years after that and finally gave it away to a charity.

    —Pamela Zajicek on February 28, 2014
  • It’s been many years since I have done any lace knitting & that was when I made a baby sweater over 40 years ago. I am ready to do lace knitting again. The patterns look so great in Lavish Lace book they will be a pleasure to make.

    —Doris Bone on February 28, 2014
  • I love lace knitting! But most often I combine it in garments, like inset panels & etc.

    MaggieBelize on February 28, 2014
  • I have tried twice to make lace and am starting another again after unknitting it. i just took a class and learned some things that might help in knitting. This e-book looks like it has some pretty lace patterns, Would love to have it for my pattern.

    Hope Kehrhahn Hyatt on February 28, 2014
  • I do love lace, and handpainted yarn, but often find myself unsure whether the changing colours in the yarn will overpower the lace pattern. I love many of the patterns, and can see myself knitting many of them!

    —Diane on February 28, 2014
  • Beautiful projects. I want to start knitting them right now. I have knit lace socks, scarves, sweaters and hats for years. I am glad to see the resurgence of lace knitting. So many new resources with new yarns are a delight. Knitting lace is usually not as hard as it might look.

    —Audrey on February 28, 2014
  • My knitting started with Barbie clothes. Then last year I saw the perfect scarf for a favirute cousin. I turned to a you tube video and not only made one for my cousin but one for a daughter as well. I think of myself as a knitter now. BUT, pictures of lace intimidate me.
    I’d love this book to help me get past that.

    —Dell M on February 28, 2014
  • My knitting started with Barbie clothes. Then last year I saw the perfect scarf for a favorite cousin. I turned to a you-tube video and not only made one for my cousin but one for a daughter as well. I think of myself as a knitter now. BUT, pictures of lace intimidate me.
    I’d love this book to help me get past that.

    —Dell M on February 28, 2014
  • I love lace knitting – nothing catches my eye faster! I have many scarves and shawls and still cast on for a new pattern. I just love seeing the pattern develop. The only problem with lace is that you can’t drink or chat with friends while you knit most patterns! 🙂

    —Debra Smith on February 28, 2014
  • I have tried some lace edgings a few years back.

    catherine brown on February 28, 2014
  • I’ve tried knitting lace. Only to tear it out. But I haven’t given up. I’m determined to master this gorgeous knitting!

    —Nancy D on February 28, 2014
  • I love lace.

    —kkf on February 28, 2014
  • I have never knit lace but would love to learn how!!!

    —Jacqueline VH on February 28, 2014
  • Ohhhhhh, pretty! I love everything I’ve seen in this book. I can see many trips to the yarn store if I am lucky enough to win. And all my friends will love me since I could never where that many scarves and shawls. So I’d be forced to share my passion and good fortune.

    —Lena Truitt on February 28, 2014
  • I mostly crochet but have reciently taught myself to knit. I love looking at the lace scarves and shawls not thinking that maybe I could do that. With a book I am sure that I could learn. It would be nice to learn how to make these wonderful projects.

    —Tina on February 28, 2014
  • I am in the process of knitting my first lace scarf. I bought a class through the website, Craftsy, and it was great. I can easily say that I will be knitting lace f

    —Kelly H. on February 28, 2014
  • …for years to come. (Oops- accidentally hit submit before I was done.). Silly. Silly.

    —Kelly H. on February 28, 2014
  • I’ve not tried lace knitting, but after seeing the photos from Lavish Lace I’d sure like to!

    —SUSAN STEFUN on February 28, 2014
  • I don’t knit – although I’m trying to learn; as a lifelong crocheter, that second needle gives me real problems.

    —Karen Cohn on February 28, 2014
  • A dear friend of mine had purchased a lovely gossamer lace shawl in Iceland for herself, but passed it on to her grandmother when she was among the family welcoming her home (not having expected her to be there and she had presents for everyone else). I knew how much she had loved that shawl, to I got some single ply Lopi and size 8 needles and the pattern for a large chrysanthemum doily. It was beautiful.

    —Elizabeth Monahan on February 28, 2014
  • I enjoy lace knitting. Have knitted several sweaters that included lace in their construction which really makes their design stand out.

    —KathyW on February 28, 2014
  • I’ve done hairpin lace but that’s crocheting. I’ve never done any knitted lace unless you would count the Baptismal gown I made for my baby over 40 years ago. I would love to learn tis technique because I prefer knitting to crocheting as the stitches are more regulated and I love to knit. This book looks like it has a lot of information and would be a wonderful tutorial.

    —Jan on February 28, 2014
  • I adore the look of lace knitting, but haven’t attempted anything lacy. I have crocheted lace edgings, but haven’t had the courage to try it with two needles!

    —Barb Johnson on February 28, 2014
  • I have knot cables, bobbles and wandering vines, and a lace look design, but never a real lace knit. The book is gorgeous!

    —Judi Reiss on February 28, 2014
  • I have knit a lace prayer shawl. It started out for my sister-in-law, but she passed before I could finish it. I will probably take it to the cancer center so someone there can use it. It would be wonderful to win "Lavish Lace" to have more patterns to knit. Thanks for the chance.

    —Kathy C on February 28, 2014
  • I really like knitting lace. I like small quick patterns such as hats, and mittens, as well as sweaters and shawls.

    —MaryJo on February 28, 2014
  • I am knitting a lace scarf with wispy, fuzzy yarn. It was a tough go at first, but after the first inch or two it was easier.

    AEKoester on February 28, 2014
  • I have tried lace knitting but it has been very difficult for me. It has always required a lot of ripping. What a thrill when it was successful. Knitted lace is so beautiful!

    —Mary on February 28, 2014
  • Lace knitting gives a wonderful drape when done in light weight yarns. But lace patterns also make beautiful shawls and afghans, as well as scarves. I think a feather-and-fan afghan was my second knitting pattern, right after simple slippers.

    —Lynne on February 28, 2014
  • I am a relatively new knitter (self-taught). I am fascinated by the endess array if stitch patterns made by justvtwobstitches (knit, purl). I began to Knit lace scarves very early on. I was not satisfied with basic and easy knitting projects. I love lace and want to knit more.

    —Oneida Lopez on February 28, 2014
  • I have not tried knitted lace as yet, but seeing these beautiful patterns inspires me to give it a try.

    —Marjory W. on February 28, 2014
  • My nearest attempt at lace knitting is a feather and fan cardigan, so could do with a bit of learning and help. This book looks like the kind of help I need and I would love to own it.

    —Nancy Boyd on February 28, 2014
  • Beautiful patterns! So far when I knit I have tendency toward easily repeatable patterns. I did make one afghan that had stripes of different patterns, cables, bobbles etc. But so far have been leery of starting such intricate patterns. It would be wonderful to have an easy to follow pattern book, with such interesting laces. A wonderful use for my growing stash of yarns of all sorts of weights, various fibers, and unique textures.

    —Karen on March 1, 2014
  • I’ve never tried, but it’s on my list to do! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Karrie Smith on March 1, 2014
  • I have made scarves and a couple of shawls. I will be making more.

    —Jo Derouin on March 1, 2014
  • I am just getting started on knitting and haven’t tried any of the beautiful lace patterns yet – but it’s definitely on the list!

    —Gwen W on March 1, 2014
  • I love lace knitting! I find that I don’t do it as often as the worsted weight yard projects, because my knitting is usually for gifts and charities, but I do love to have a lace project I work on sporadically. Right now I am working on a Seasons shawl kit (winter/fall),from Knit Picks. This book looks like it has some great patterns!

    —Amanda Best on March 1, 2014
  • I knit lace a lot of times : on socks, sweater, shawls. It’s sometimes difficult, especially when I have a lot of stitches, I can make a lot of mistakes. Anyway, result is beautiful and I enjoy

    —Josee on March 1, 2014
  • I’ve been knitting lace for years, mostly white cotton lace edgings, insertions and cushions. I love lace sweaters and scarves but have yet to make any. I like the challenge of lace knitting and am constantly seeking more lace pattern books and more challenging patterns. I troll all the knitting sites for retro lace sweater patterns and try to adjust them to our more "normal" (larger) sizes. Want to learn more! Thanks for this opportunity.

    —Barbara Gibson on March 1, 2014
  • I’ve begun to venture into lace knitting in the form of scarves and shawls. I love it and would love the opportunity to try out some of these patterns! Thanks for the chance 🙂

    —Pam H on March 1, 2014
  • Oh! I LOVE to knit lace! I really enjoy seeing intricate designs come off my needles. There is so much "bang" for the effort with lace knitting!

    —Nancy on March 1, 2014
  • I love knitting lace patterns – baby blankets, sweaters, scarves, hats, just about anything! I have a PON that is lace-weight yarn on #1 needles that takes extreme concentration; I’ve been working on it for 3 years.

    —Mary P on March 1, 2014
  • I have done a couple of lace projects. Love the challenge. I really believe in using markers to keep track of the pattern & found out blocking is so important too.

    —CHeryl Loyd on March 1, 2014
  • Would love to try it but haven’t been brave enough yet. Maybe the book would inspire me!

    —Pamela Reim on March 1, 2014
  • I have never tried lace knitting. But, this post has sure gotten me interested. Thanks

    —Donna W on March 1, 2014
  • I’ve never tried knitting lace! I’ve crocheted and tatted lace for many years but following a knitted lace chart looks hard. Learning to knit lace is one thing that I am determined to do this year!

    —Jane S. on March 1, 2014
  • I love to knit lace shawls and dishcloths.

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on March 1, 2014
  • Hello,I would love to learn to knit lace items! Maybe this will be the start! Thanks for sharing!

    —Linda on March 1, 2014
  • I have not tried lace knitting. I am new at knitting.

    —Susan on March 1, 2014
  • I’ve knitted a lace vest and dish cloths the lace was tighter then loose and no problems. But I do have a problem with the looser knit lace. The book might help me with that.

    —Marjorie on March 1, 2014
  • I’ve knitted a lace vest and the final project ended up very well. I’m well experienced in knitting (41 years)but tried this technique lately with good results

    —Marthese on March 2, 2014
  • I have never knitted lace, its real pretty!

    —Sunnie on March 2, 2014
  • No. I haven’t had an experience with knitting lace. I’m still very new to knitting. My brother-in-law taught me how during christmas break and I have only made some dishcloth so far. Lace knitting looks so beautiful and I hope that I can practice to knit so I can lace knit!

    Dita on March 2, 2014
  • Five years ago I saw a shawl in a local yarn shop. I was a beautiful lace-weight one. The lady said: You really have to be an experienced knitter to make that. Well, just challenge me I thought. So began my love of knitting. Bought some yarn. Found a pattern online. Bear Paw, an afghan. I just looked up how to work the stitches and made it. At the time I didn’t know it was lace. Now 5 years later, I’ll try anything once. My focus is lace knitting small shawls with sock weight yarn. My desire overcame the challenge.

    —Pearl Stincelli on March 2, 2014
  • I made a lovely cape with the "yarn over" instructions but I’d like to do more. I also dye yarn with natural materials and my assistant’s son just sheared a sheep from his 4_h project, so i’m ready to card, spin, wash, dye, and make lacey things. . .I’m so ready for a new project!!!

    Carolyn White (Sewing Sue2) on March 2, 2014
  • I’ve done lace knitting but tend to use heavier yarn (sock weight) with little needles for a slightly heftier finished product.

    —Rebecca T on March 2, 2014
  • Well..I have tried patterns that resemble lace – open work -but not ventured to use the thinner yarns to accomplish lacey knits.

    thank you

    lorraine mabbett on March 2, 2014
  • I love lace knitting, especially with lace weight mohair. My favorite pattern is one I was inspired to design when I bought my very first mohair and silk blend yarn: Evelyn’s Elegant Mohair Lace Shawl (
    The lace stitch pattern is very easy to knit and shows off the halo and rich colors of mohair/silk blend yarn.

    Evelyn Van Orden on March 3, 2014
  • I have knit open patterns in thicker yarns but have not tried the thinner yarns. Maybe this is the year to forge ahead!

    —Celeste on March 3, 2014
  • Do Carol & Cheryl come with the ebook??? I am having a terrible time just doing the knit stitch, i want to make a simple scarf, its about 5′ long & i fear i will be bald long before ut is finished… I have just about 1″ completed now, what am i doung wrong & how do i fix it, please help!

    —Liz on March 3, 2014
  • The only lace I have tried, if its lace is entralac, only did one scarf. would love to learn lace. it is just so pretty and Im not getting any younger. So this ebook would be purfect so I can learn other lace items.

    —Michele on March 3, 2014
  • I’ve don’t a little lace knitting but small projects like scarves and washcloths. I would love to try a large shawl or sweater.

    —Carmen on March 3, 2014
  • I started knitting lace shawls 2 years ago and have not stopped. I enjoy the challenge and the "I did it!" feeling when completed.

    —Karon M. on March 3, 2014
  • I definitely fall into the category of wannabe and this book looks very inspiring!

    —Diane on March 4, 2014
  • I love lace knitting for shawls, vests, scarves, cowls and hats but not socks. I knit one pair of lace socks and threads broke the first time I wore them. I have knit lace using different weight yarns but never on chunky or bulky weight. Worsted was the heaviest. I would love to knit some of the patterns in this book.

    —Pat on March 4, 2014
  • I love knitting lace socks, scarves, and shawls. There is such a WOW factor to lace accesories. The patterns in the ebook are great.

    —Kathy Vincent on March 8, 2014
  • I love the look and have tried several times. I guess I am still learning 🙂

    —Judy on March 9, 2014
  • I have knitted some simple lace patterns and now want to try the more advanced ones, particularly for beautiful lace shawls.

    —Jean Mosley on March 13, 2014
  • Lavish Lace is exactly what I have been looking for! I have been crocheting since I was 5 years old and am now 54. I recently met up with an avid knitting group in Colorado on vacation and they got me hooked. I have been doing easy peasy scarves since then but need a good book to get me on my way. I use my yarn to crochet & knit for charity as I am trying to use up my stash and it feels so good to give something to someone who needs something new to keep warm in Iowa. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Cindy B. on December 9, 2014
  • I love knitting lace with sock weight yarn. I am ready to move down to lace weight.

    —Karon on January 23, 2015
  • love to knit, I’ve been knitting since I was 13 years old. There wasn’t much else to do, I lived in a small rural place and didn’t have friends cause everyont just picked on me, so I asked mom to teach me to knit. I love the look of lace and have tried it, but I keep getting lost in the parrern. I have trouble following a graph also. I love the love of lace.

    —gloria on March 13, 2015
  • I knit a lace shawl and am working on lace socks. It is so much fun because of the challenge!

    —Janie on March 13, 2015

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