Posted by: GourmetGirl | August 21, 2012

What is Lace?

Lace |lās|


1 A fine open fabric, typically one of cotton or silk, made by looping, twisting, or knitting thread in patterns and used esp. for trimming garments.

I probably would have said: Lace is a pattern with yarn overs. And I also would add fine yarn or thread – and definitely would have added WOOL!

Lace has taken on many different roles with many different types of yarn. It is no longer just for fine yarn or thread – and it sure isn’t mainly used for trimming garments any more – or your great-grandmothers table cloth.

Many knitter’s have become addicted to the patterning of Lace.

Lace patterns in scarves and shawls fill books, magazines and on-line websites. Lace also shows up in socks, fingerless gloves, sweaters and cardigans – from ultra fine wool yarn to chunky cotton. It is knitted in the round, from a point up, made in circular patterns and added as edging.

Creative juices have over flowed with yarn overs, psso’s and k3tog’s……….

To happily knit lace you must have good lighting and be light on your tension.

If you are a tight knitter, I would recommend you work on making your knitting tension looser before tackling any lace that is more than yo, k2tog or slip, knit, psso.

Lace should be a peaceful relaxing experience.

Relax, have nice loose tension in your knitting – and use a lifeline if needed.

Ahhh, Lace!

Happy Lace Knitting,




  1. I love lace. My first attempt at doing lace was a disaster because i dint know the piece would grow in the blocking process. I ended up with wrist warmers that could fit an elephant. I like to use lace on almost all of my socks and gloves. It gives everything an extra touch of, well, awesomeness!

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