I feel Lace is as close to recreating the beauty and complexity found in nature, so it has a special place in my heart.
Tips for working with Lace when knitting cardigans and accessories:
Here are a few things I have learned over many hours with lace…
- Swatching with lace is even more important than with other knitted fabric. The time you take to swatch helps you learn the pattern and its repeats. It also allows you to identify how the pattern could be customized to fit your body and the pattern style. Learn the pattern repeat before you start and you’ll be much happier.
- When increasing and decreasing with lace make sure to omit the corresponding yarn over.
- Count your pattern repeats continuously.
- Lace is about consistency, when you decide on the method of working your decreases and increases do so consistently throughout your work.
- Lace is not as susceptible to gauge as other knitted fabric so block your lace. Lace can be blocked an inch or so smaller or larger. I like to block my lace on a blocking board. I spread my pieces out, pin them with blocking pins and take care to measure corresponding pieces so that each piece measure the same. Since lace can be blocked to be wider or longer it is important that front and back, each sleeve and the collar will fit together correctly, so block them to match.
- When working decreases and increase check to see how they look on the right side and that each piece looks the same – both front, sleeves and back.
- The old saying “The devil is in the details” is very true with lace. The entire piece is details and then the finishing begins. Take time with the finishing it is just as important as the lace work.
- Enjoy your work; patience is the key to beautifully finished lace. If you are going to take the time
to work with lace you will be much happier with the end result if you have enjoyed the journey.