Posted by: GourmetGirl | October 29, 2013

Lace Technique

A friend of mine was encouraged to work on her Lace Technique when she saw a Wedding Ring Shawl. A lace shawl that was so fine and so wonderfully “drape -ie” (technical term?) that it could be pulled through a wedding ring.

images-2Not everyone has the patience to knit a Wedding Ring Shawl, but learning  the technique of knitting lace can first be practiced with larger yarn and larger needles. And with some patience and practice, your lace technique can improve before your are a village elder.

Lace happens because of  Yarn Overs – Yarn Overs and knit two, or three, or more togethers – or with other decrease moves.

Combinations of these are endless and there are only a few things to know while you are practicing this technique. Tension, knowing Decreases vs Yarn Overs and “Seeing” your yarn moves. These are great places to start when practicing lace.

Lace Tension.

Tension is HUGE in knitting lace. If you are a tight knitter, you MUST loosen your tension to properly knit lace. If you struggle inserting your needle into one stitch, you will only be an unhappy knitter when every few stitches you must knit two or more stitches together. Yes, there are lace pattern stitches that ask for slip 1, knit 1, pass the slip stitch over for your decrease – but that limits the lace patterns you can work. If you have a purl row on the wrong side and make that row’s tension too tight, you will loose the Lace Look that you spent so much time on the row before. Relax and loosen your tension.

Decreases vs Yarn Overs.

If you decrease one stitch (k2tog) you need one yarn over (an increase) to replace the decrease. If you decrease two stitches (k3tog or k2tog, k1, k2tog) you need two yarn overs. Sometimes the yarn overs are at the end of a pattern sequence, so paying attention to your Decreases vs Yarn Overs will help you have the correct number of stitches at the end of the row.

Learning to read a chart helps greatly in following a Lace Pattern Stitch. It is quicker to look at the symbols than hunt through words.

Looking at Your Workimages-2

A great lace pattern stitch, to teach you to look at your work:

K1, *yo, k2tog,* k1. (Repeat between the stars.)

Cast on any even number of stitches. (multiple of 2) Every row is the same. Practice knitting two together. Practice seeing where your yarn overs are when you work the next row. If you see you are missing a yarn over, pick the yarn up from the previous row and place it on your needle. Look to SEE that it is laying the same way it is on the other yarn overs.

Practicing means not worrying about mistakes. Practicing Lace will move you closer to Knitting a Wedding Ring Shawl.

Happy Practicing Lace,

Nancy

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