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Old 03-25-2010, 10:09 AM   #1
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Pardon my drug addled mind for a moment (I had a migraine, took something with a small amount of codeine in it...)

Does anyone else get annoyed at patterns being called lace when they don't use lace weight wool?

I was on Knittingpatterncentral.com and getting all excited when something had lace in the title, just to find out that it was knit with something much heavier....

I know that is silly of me...lace is a term meant for the type of knitting, knitting with lots of YOs and the effect they create.

I guess my traditional thought of what lace is, is something airy and light...and as my mind seems to like to process it, with lace weight, or very fine yarn!

Thank you for letting me rant...
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:21 AM   #2
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Not at all, I knit lace patterns with worsted and bulky lace because I don't care for the light, airy, 'frou frou' sort. It's the pattern, not the yarn weight that makes it lace. There's also debate on whether it's 'true lace' if the pattern doesn't have YOs and decs on both rows, not just the RS row.

Lace is making holes in your knitting on purpose. And you can take those heavier weight patterns and knit them in a lighter weight with smaller needles, just as I take laceweight patterns and knit them in heavier weights.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:32 AM   #3
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I don't like "lace patterns" with something else than lace weight wool. It just doesn't make sense, plus it doesn't look as delicate as it could/should
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:39 AM   #4
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It's the technique not the weight of the yarn that produces lace. I have seen bobbin lace done with hemp rope. It's still lace. You may not like it.

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Old 03-25-2010, 10:47 AM   #5
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Doesn't bother me either. I think of lace as a technique. Pretty much anything with yos & decreases forming an overall pattern. But it must make searching for patterns a challenge. Especially if you want traditional lace with light weight fingering yarn.

Speaking of nomenclature, the one that drives me nuts is Fair Isle vs Stranding. At least if someone says Fair Isle, I expect floats on the back. Stranding is so vague. Stranding how? Two strands worked as one? Intarsia or color blocking? Double knitting? Calling it stranding makes it less clear, not more clear.

So yeah, I have a few beefs with terms myself.
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So I suppose the 'holes' I have in my first pair of socks I'm working on can't be called lace, huh??
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Old 03-25-2010, 11:06 AM   #7
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So I suppose the 'holes' I have in my first pair of socks I'm working on can't be called lace, huh??

umm...no.
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Old 03-25-2010, 11:08 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Abby123 View Post

Speaking of nomenclature, the one that drives me nuts is Fair Isle vs Stranding. At least if someone says Fair Isle, I expect floats on the back. Stranding is so vague.
Stranding how? Two strands worked as one?
yes, ithat is a type of stranding
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neither are stranding. They are type of colourwork.

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is one of a number of stranding techniques.

Fair Isle is a specific type of stranded colourwork. calling all stranded colourwork "Fair Isle" is the equivilant of calling all whisky "Scotch"
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Originally Posted by cajunlady208 View Post
So I suppose the 'holes' I have in my first pair of socks I'm working on can't be called lace, huh??
Did you make them on purpose?
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So I suppose the 'holes' I have in my first pair of socks I'm working on can't be called lace, huh??
Well even if she didnt...we can always pretend right Sue?
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