Introduction to Lace Knitting

Lace knitting can look incredibly complicated. However, if you can knit, you can knit lace. Even if you can't knit at this point, you will soon be knitting lace if you have the desire and are willing to practice.

About Knitting Lace

There are two kinds of lace, true lace and other lace. True lace, or vrai dentele, is very fine and delicate in appearance. True lace includes needle lace and bobbin lace.

Knitting lace is one of the many other laces. Other laces are laces such as crocheted lace and tatted lace.

As lace developed over time. the finer lace was enjoyed by the nobility and wealthy. Knitting lace what peasants did.

This is not to say that knitted lace isn't beautiful. It is. In addition, knitted lace might be considered more versatile than fine lace. It is more durable, easier to make into clothing and is softer to the touch.

Knitted Lace Edging

In order to knit this lace, you will need weight Category 4 yarn and size 8 knitting needles.

To start, cast on 5 stitches.

Row 1: Knit 1, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2, for a total of 6 stitches.

Row 2: Knit all across.

Row 3: Knit 2, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2, for a total of 7 stitches.

Row 4: Knit all across.

Row 5: Knit 3, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2, for a total of 8 stitches.

Row 6: Knit all across.

Row 7: Knit 4, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2, for a total of 9 stitches.

Row 8: Bind off 4 stitches, knit, for a total of 5 stitches

Continue to repeat this pattern until you reach your desired length and then bind off all of the last row.

How can you use this lace? You might:

  • Sew it to the sides of a knitted blanket or wash cloth.
  • Sew it to the sides of a quilted hot pad.
  • Use it as a book marker.
  • Add it to placemats.
  • Add it to the sides of a table runner.
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