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Lace Shawl Design
with Heddi Craft
In this three session class, knitters will design and begin to knit a top down triangular lace shawl.
In the first session, we’ll start by exploring lace stitches in stitch dictionaries and learn how to translate written directions to charts. We’ll look at how to successfully combine stitches. As homework, students will swatch selected stitch patterns and select a yarn for their design.
In the second class, students will bring completed swatches of chosen stitch patterns to class and we will learn how to add them to a basic template for a top down shawl. We’ll talk about how to deal with edge stitches to make a graceful garment and other ways to adjust the garment to fit the desired patterns. As homework, students will swatch their refined pattern and/or begin knitting their shawl.
In the final class of the series, we’ll discuss options for shawl edgings. We’ll troubleshoot problems in design and briefly discuss submitting patterns for publication.
Prerequisite skills: should be familiar with knit and purl stitches as well as common increases and decreases
- Fingering or lace weight yarn in desired blend and color
- Set of circular needles of various sizes, from the suggested sizes on the yarn band to 2-3 sizes larger
- Basic knitting supplies
- Pencil with eraser
- Yellow and red colored pencils (preferably erasable-- available at Palace)
- At least one stitch dictionary (available at the library or online)
- Graph paper (5 squares to the inch for the first class, participants may want other sizes for later classes)