2020 Goals: Learn to Knit Lace

Is your 2020 goal to learn to knit lace? (If not, it should be—lace is awesome!) Do you understand the basics of knitting lace, but want to get more comfortable it? The 2019 knitscene digital collection is a great resource for learning more about lace. Here are four projects (and an article!) that are great to check out if you want to explore more lace knitting.

If you’re ready to knit some lace, but don’t want to deal with teeny-tiny needles and ultrafine yarn, Kirsten Joel’s Scone Shawl from Winter 2019 is for you. It’s worked in worsted-weight yarn on size 8 needles, so you can easily hold your project and see the stitches as you work. (It’s also a nice weight for wrapping up in on a cold day—so much snuggliness!)

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Lace doesn’t have to be on tiny needles with delicate yarn!

Sandhya Shadangi’s Crosswind Shawl (from Spring 2019) is a fingering-weight rectangular stole with fabulous drape. It’s entirely worked in a straightforward geometric lace mesh pattern. While the pattern itself is simple, the effect is stunning: It’s fun to throw a shawl on dramatically over your everyday clothes!

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A rectangular stole adds fabulous style to any outfit.

From Summer 2020, Melanie Rice’s Flames Shawl is mostly worked in garter stitch, so it’s a fairly relaxing project. The lace border only runs along one edge, ergo you only really need to pay attention at the beginning or end of the row—the rest of the row, you’re just knitting! The lace panel adds a nice detail without being overwhelming to knit.

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Mostly mindless knitting with a bit of interest is my jam.

The Billowing Stole by shawl maven Susanna IC (featured in Fall 2019) is a lovely rectangular wrap that’s worked from end to end. The lace design is a simple pattern that’s easy to follow; because the yarnovers and decreases are worked in a simple, logical sequence, it’s perfect for learning to “read” your lace knitting.

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Simple lace patterns are great for learning to “read” your knitting.

Speaking of reading your lace knitting, Roxanne Richardson has tons of tips on how to keep your lace in check by using markers and learning how to spot mistakes before they’re too far down to fix. She shows you how to compare your work to the chart to identify missing or misplaced yarnovers; once you’ve found the mistake, she gives examples of how to add or remove yarnovers and tink decreases as needed.

Get the knitscene 2019 collection today and start knitting some lace!

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