Lace knitting at its best

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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About Kathleen Cubley

Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

6 thoughts on “Lace knitting at its best

  1. 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.