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mari_13 12-27-2006 07:14 PM

Is Knitting lace hard?
Hello ladies,

I'm sure this has been asked twenty times over but is knitting lace hard? I thinking I'm an okay knitter - I can knit hats, scarves, but no sweaters or lace. I taught myself how to knit cables (which was super easy) so I'm wondering if I can teach myself lace? Do you have any recommendations for beginner projects? TIA!


aylaanne 12-27-2006 07:25 PM

I taught myself lace. You should try a small lace item, like a dishcloth, headband, or wrist warmer, to get the hang of it, and a simple pattern with a couple of rows for starters. Here are some patterns you might want to try:
Feather and Fan Dishcloth
Arrowhead Lace headband
Branching Out
I've made a couple of things with lace, and once you get the hang of the pattern, it can be very hypnotizing. When I was working on my asphodel scarf, the six row lace pattern (with no purl rows) required me to concentrate to keep from dropping stitches, and I would find myself reciting the pattern to myself like a mantra. Very zen.

Good luck! Make sure to post pictures!

Stiney 12-27-2006 07:27 PM

Knitting Pattern Central has a bunch of lace bookmarks and stuff here.

Chel 12-27-2006 07:28 PM

Lace can be VERY easy, but if you are easily distracted (like me :oops: ) or have cats (like me :teehee: ) my best advice to you is use a lifeline.

I :heart: lifelines.

newamy 12-27-2006 08:38 PM

Lace is easier than the finished product looks but it takes concentration. I did Branching Out- suggested above. Used a life line. Took me 4 tries to get going but once I did I was better. I couldn't talk or watch TV while working on it. Toward the end I was better and could actually listen to conversations around me and answer yes and no questions- but that was it. I did some socks with a very simple lace design and once I had the repeats memorized I could talk while doing that. I did not need a life line for that and I know I made a few mistakes but they don't show!

The ease of it I think depends on the pattern. Start with a simple one, no more than say 8 rows in a repeat and it's even better if every other row is purl.

sara_jayne 12-27-2006 09:13 PM

I love knitting lace very much but it did take me a while to learn. What I learned is no matter how confident you are use a lifeline!!!!

You can also break down the pattern and use stitch markers so you can have something to count to help you figure out where a mistake may have been made.

Starting off with a small project is a wonderful idea and remember, lace can be knit with any size yarn as long as the needles are way to big for the yarn so you can knit lace with worsted weight yarn, which make be more comfortable to start out with than lace weight yarn.

Good luck, you'll love knitting lace!

mari_13 12-27-2006 10:14 PM

Thank you ladies for your advice. One question...what's a lifeline?

I think I will start with a dishcloth. There are SO many hats I want to knit that feature lace, I'm excited to try it! Thank you!


sara_jayne 12-27-2006 10:25 PM

A life line is a piece of scrap yarn that you run through your last set of stitches when you know the knitting before that row is correct.

What it does is give you a safe space to rip back to if you make a mistake. It prevents you from having to rip all the way back to the beginning.

You just take a piece of scrap yarn and a tapestry needle and just thread it throught all your stitches on the needle then you can proceed on to knitting the next row. You can insert life lines as often as you'd like so you don't have to rip back as far. Only leave one in at a time though or it may distort the stitches.

The white pieces of yarn in the picture below are life lines.

mrs desert rain 12-27-2006 10:47 PM

here's another easy one, though i'm not sure a garter is at all practical (unless you're soon-to-be-wed, or know someone who is...)

Lace Garter

i'm making one for my sister, and will post a photo when it's finished!

DreamWeaver 12-28-2006 12:16 AM

I get ace knitting... mostly. I just have one question:
I've seen two different kninds of yarn overs; one where you put the yarn inbetween the two needes, and another is when you wrap the yarn around the needes. Which one's a yarn over and which one is... not a yarn over? (I think I've asked this before, but I forgot :doh: )

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