A new reason to love lace knitting!

     
The cuff and front panel of these elegant lace stockings are inspired by a nineteenth-century Shetland veil.
Margaret Stove demonstrates how different arrangements of yarnovers and decreases create contrast in lace patterns.
Aileron Shawl by Carol Feller

A note from Kathleen: We're so excited about the new eMag, LaceKnits! It's full of techniques you'll use right away and patterns you'll want to cast on as soon as you see them. It's be available for the iPad, in the iTunes Store. Here's editor Anne Merrow to tell you all about it.

Fresh Techniques for a Fine Tradition

"More than cables or any other kind of stitch pattern, lace was always the thing that made me feel like kind of a knitting rock star," says Ysolda Teague.

Learning to transform those yarnovers or slanting lines on a chart—what knitter doesn't feel exceptionally clever when a pattern of airy holes and decreases first takes shape on the needles?

Interweave's latest eMag, LaceKnits: Fresh Techniques for a Fine Tradition, celebrates the innovative knitters who have created such diverse lace creations. In Franklin Habit's article, "Shetland Lace (and how it got that way)," we trace two stories of the origins of the iconic shawls and lace motifs for which the islands are so famous.

Back in contemporary knitting, designer Rebecca Blair adapted two motifs from an antique lace shawl to grace the cuff and leg of her delicate Madder Stockings.

Smart Lace Techniques

Internationally recognized lace expert Margaret Stove demonstrates how different combinations of yarnovers and decreases yield more solid or more airy sections of lace, and Sivia Harding takes you step-by-step through the process of designing your own unique triangle-shaped lace shawl.

Ysolda Teague explains what she loves about knitting and designing lace, and Ann Budd explains three different ways of working a perfect finish for lace by blocking. [photo Margaret Stove value study.psd; caption: Margaret Stove demonstrates how different arrangements of yarnovers and decreases create contrast in lace patterns.]

The issue's most mind-blowing article comes from our own Joni Coniglio, senior project editor of our knitting magazines, who was always bothered by the awkwardly visible join created by working Kitchener stitch to graft two halves of a stole. There must be a way, she reasoned, to work the graft in pattern and minimize the awkwardness of that row. To our delight (but not our surprise), she developed a surprisingly simple method of rearranging stitches with a tapestry needle, then grafting to make a nearly invisible join.

  
Using her innovative grafting method, Joni Coniglio avoids the noticeable seam in the left sample and creates a near-invisible seam instead.

Creativity in Every Stitch

     

Heather Zoppetti's Clematis Tunic

The patterns in this issue have something for all fans of lace knitting. 

—Carol Feller's Aileron Shawl adds curves to a basic triangle shape for an easy-to-wrap flourish.

—Lacy leaves and vines climb up from the ribbing of Heather Zoppetti's Clematis Tunic, incorporating waist shaping in the pattern.

     
Donna Druchunas' summer scarf

—Donna Druchunas adapted a lace pattern from traditional Lithuanian stockings for an airy summer scarf with shaped sides and fun braided tassels.

LaceKnits is packed with exciting techniques, lace patterns, stories about knitting lace through the ages. Check it out!

Cheers,

Anne

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