In this session, we’ll examine the fundamental principles and techniques of knitting’s grandest tradition. Students will learn about the history of lace knitting, and the development of the art in three parts of the world (Russia, Estonia, and the Shetland Islands) in which the craft was developed to the highest level of artistry. We will not only discuss, but practice and play with some of the methods and motifs that distinguish each of these traditions, and view beautiful examples of lace both modern and antique. Whether you are merely curious about lace or a devoted practitioner, there will be something for you to enjoy. Participants should be familiar with the basic of knitting (casting, binding off, knitting, purling, yarn over, decreasing); and willing to work from charts.
Required Materials: One ball smooth (non-fuzzy), sport- or worsted-weight (example: Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Dale Baby Ull, or *any* similar yarn) in white or a light solid color. Wool or another non-slippery animal fiber is recommended. If you cannot handle wool or do not knit with animal fibers, select a DK/Sport weight fiber that pleases you.
One pair straight needles (8″ or longer) or circular needle (16″ or 24″ suggested length) in whatever size will give you a drapey gauge in the yarn of your choice; this will likely be larger than you would select for knitting plain stockinette.
Notions: Scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers (6), pen (or pencil) and paper for making notes. (Note-taking is highly advised!) Row counter recommended, but optional.