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Lace knitting at its best

Jun 4, 2012

A note from Kathleen: We've got a treat for you—a new eBook filled with beautiful lace knitting patterns and the technique help you need to knit them! Whether you're a beginning or an experienced knitter, there's something here for you. I've invited Editor Eunny Jang here to tell you about it!

There is something uniquely satisfying about knitting lace.

I've seen lots of metaphors for it—a butterfly emerging from a cocoon; a flower blooming—but to my mind, there is enough romance in the simple reality of lace knitting: Execute a few easy, repetitive maneuvers with two sticks, and a length of string transforms into delicate, airy fabric traced with pleasingly intricate patterning.

Oslo Walk Shawl by Susanna IC
Pembroke Wrap by Andrea Rangel Wheeled Lace Shawl
by Kristin Omdahl

For me, the greatest pleasure of knitted lace is in that sense of transformation, of possibility—there's a kind of magic to that idea, that such simple building blocks can yield such wonderfully rich effects. The most elaborate lace leaves, waves, and flower petals all come from decreases and yarnovers. Richly ornate geometric motifs are the same, just positive and negative space combined in clever ways. Art underlined with solid knitting logic. Amazing!

As the editor of Interweave Knits, I've been lucky enough to work and share ideas with knitting designers who explore every aspect of knitted lace—from those steeped in tradition and history to those investigating what lace can do when pushed to its limits.

Just as every knitter has her own particular set of factors that go into the projects she chooses, every lace designer has different aims and goals for her designs. This collection of designs from the pages of Interweave Knits covers a wide spectrum, from intricate heirloom-inspired pieces to clever modern ones—something to satisfy everyone.

Knitted lace means something different with every project. I hope that as you page through this collection, you feel a sense of discovery and exploration—and the urge to knit.

So go ahead and download your copy of An Introduction Guide to Knitting Lace, with 5 Favorite Patterns!

Happy knitting,

P.S. Have you knit a lace pattern? Share your expertise with us in the comments!


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Interweave Knits Presents An Introduction to Lace Knitting: 5 Favorite Shawl Patterns eBook

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A lovely lace shawl is the perfect accessory for adding a feminine touch to any outfit, and it can be worn in various seasons. Interweave Knits magazine has compiled 5 of their favorite knitted lace shawl patterns in the latest downloadable eBook, An Introduction to Lace Knitting.


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StempleBunny wrote
on Jun 9, 2012 12:43 PM

Apparently, we have to pay for the e-book, $11.99. I'm only interested in the blue wheeled. One pattern isn't worth $12 to me.

ZassZ wrote
on Jun 4, 2012 10:27 PM

To M.Edelson,

You can find it at the end of the last sentence in this article.  Just click on the title in blue.  

on Jun 4, 2012 12:26 PM

I think I like the ethereal quality of the wheeled lace shawl best and the color blue too. The photograph really captures the wispiness of the shawl with the model's hair flying loose.

navy1942 wrote
on Jun 4, 2012 9:44 AM

Love these patterns--can't wait ti try the Oslo Walk Shawl--a really good excuse to buy more yarn!!!


M. Edelson wrote
on Jun 4, 2012 9:32 AM

Where can I find the eBook?

CarolynK@13 wrote
on Jun 4, 2012 7:18 AM

Were any of these patterns originally printed in Interweave Knits magazine?