Infinite Possibilities of Lace

For the last four years, each May/June issue of PieceWork has been devoted to lace. It’s one of our most popular issues, and it’s one of our favorites to bring together. The meticulous detail that’s involved in creating lace, as well as the range of lace techniques—needle, bobbin, tatted, crocheted, knitted—always delight and surprise me. Whatever the technique, lace is commitment, and the inspiration spans the spectrum of generations, cultures, and traditions.

Nancy Bush's Facing Lilies Stole.

Of course, I was thrilled when I read the just-published Knitted Lace: A Collection of Favorite Designs from Interweave. Editor Anne Merrow has gathered together reader favorites from past issues of Interweave publications into a gorgeous collection of projects and knitting lace basics. You will discover lovely patterns for hats and scarves, sweaters and shawls, skirts and socks in varying gauges and yarns and degrees of complexity in both design and technique. But what really pulls me in to the pages of this book are the stoles. It’s what lace means for me—innovative uses of intricate stitches to shape delicate, airy fabric that is appreciated today as much as it was in the Russian, Estonian, or Alaskan traditions from which they originated a century or more ago.

Faina Letoutchaia's Forest Path Stole.

Interspersed throughout the selected projects are three very helpful and nicely illustrated “Lace Lessons” to help you get started. Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer presents a primer on knitted lace that includes the basics of simple lace patterns, reading a lace pattern chart, all you’ll need to know about yarnovers, and the ever-crucial, getting back on track after making a mistake. Two others lessons by Interweave Knits Editor Eunny Jang offer instructions in casting on and binding off as well as shaping lace garments.

Knitted Lace is a book that presents, as Eunny Jang writes in her thoughtful introduction, "infinite possibilities of lace," and it's a fine addition to your knitting library. I hope you'll discover the possibilities.


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