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Old 11-09-2007, 06:44 AM   #1
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beginner questions
i want to do a lace project, i found a gorgeous pattern for it, but i've never done lace before.
what kind of yarn do you use for lace? the pattern mentioned "lace weight" and "cobweb weight", i don't understand what it means.
any impartant tips for lace?
what does "worsted" mean?

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Old 11-09-2007, 07:37 AM   #2
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Lace weight is rather thin, cobweb weight is about the thinnest wool you can get (that refers to how thick the wool is). Laceweight is generally considered a 2-ply.
Worsted is another (heavier) weight wool i.e. it is thicker.

For lace, you want a fibre that is all or mostly animal fibre. Wool, cashmere, alpaca, silk, mohair, etc. These fibres block and that shows the pattern later. Synthetic fibres will stay crinkled up, they will never open up and show the beautiful pattern. I would say at least 75% animal fibre, wool is a common favourite.

There are lots of tips and tutorials and explanations online about doing lace, it takes a while to get used to but is very rewarding! You can also search this forum to see previous discussions about a topic, so you might like to search 'lace'.

Eunny Jang's blog has some good but quite technical explanations about lace knitting.

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Old 11-09-2007, 11:26 AM   #3
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You can also do lace with heavier yarn and larger needles, you just wouldn't make it as large. Worsted weight is the yarn that's a regular thickness, labeled a 4 on most yarns and usually what's used to make hats, sweaters, scarves. This page may help -
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