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Did you notice all the great-looking easy shawls by designer Janina Kallio in the graphic above? Here’s her Ravelry designer page if you want to check out more of her work. Teaser: she may be doing a guest lesson for us in the upcoming Effortless Lace class.
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I’ll be talking more about the basic building blocks of lace patterns in my upcoming lace class but, for now, refer to the online video knitting dictionary to look up anything you don’t understand.
If you’re open to trying to read patterns, you are in a good position to start learning lace. But you don’t have to do it alone! I’ll be taking you through the whole process step-by-step in my upcoming class, Effortless Lace.
Coming Up Next: 11 Slightly-Harder-But-Still-Very-Easy-And-Gorgeous Projects for Lace Knitting
When you’re looking at a lace pattern and seeing if you want to knit it, first check these two things:
Is it knitted (a) flat or (b) in the round?
Does it have (a) written directions or (b) charted directions?
Also check for yarn thickness and amount. Does it use:
(a) thick yarn or (b) thin yarn?
(a) just a little bit of yarn or (b) a lot of yarn?
The more “a” answers you have, the easier the lace pattern.
Therefore, the easiest lace patterns:
are knitted flat
have written directions
use thick yarn
use not very much yarn
“Poplar” lace dishcloth by Julia Stanfield – A very easy lace pattern
By contrast, the hardest lace patterns:
are knitted in the round
have charted directions
use thin yarn
use a lot of yarn
Morgenrot pattern by Herbert Niebling – a difficult charted pattern knitted in the round
Not to fear! Easy or hard, I’m going to teach you how to do every kind of lace project in my upcoming class, Effortless Lace.
Over the next few blog posts, you’ll learn about these characteristics in more detail. I’ll also be giving you my recommendations (with beautiful graphics) for great lace patterns to knit at every difficulty level.
Update: Charts aren’t hard!
Update: Lots of knitters replied to today’s post in disagreement about charted knitting patterns being hard.
Thank you for your comments! To clarify, I love charts and think they are the absolute best kind of pattern for lace.
However, easy patterns don’t usually need charts. The lack of a chart often means that a pattern is easy and therefore good for beginners.
Lace patterns that are intermediate or advanced absolutely require a chart.
So the presence of a chart can mean that the pattern itself is complex enough to warrant one.
Charts are great – they make difficult patterns easy to understand. However, if you don’t know how to read a lace chart, the pattern, no matter how easy it is, will be quite difficult for you. You’ll need to learn to read a chart before you can knit it.
This is like learning to drive a car before you can take a road trip. It’s totally worth it.
I hope this helps clear up my views on charts! I always welcome your comments and questions.
I want to thank you for all your hard work on the KnitFreedom videos/courses. You are such a great teacher. I was very hesitant to spend $$ on this since there are so many ‘free’ options out there. I have not regretted it one bit. – Polly the KnitWit
Thank you for such a great website and resources. Your videos are the best of any I’ve looked at. You make it all look so doable and it is! – Diane M.
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