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Lace Blocking: The Big Reveal

Blocking lace is one of the most transformative processes in knitting, one that surprises and delights us every time. After you've faithfully created a pool of open — and perhaps unruly — stitches in your favorite yarn, the moment you pull a crisply blocked sheet of wool off the board is satisfying for the soul. You may wish to call for an audience when you do the unpinning! Today we outline our preferred lace-blocking process in hopes of helping you make the most of your knitting time and cross the finish line with a stunning piece of lace. Here's what you'll need: 1.) Rust-proof T-pins (the rust-proof...

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Lace Heirloom Stitches + Inspiration

Lace knitting has a rich tradition in many cultures worldwide. Place-specific histories, techniques and garments are especially present in Shetland and Estonian knitting. While there has been much written about lace knitting, there are a few books in particular that come to the forefront when we are looking for lace knitting inspiration. Many of the stitches found in these books are heirlooms which have been used for generations and are rare to find in print. We'd like to introduce you to a few of our favorite lace knitting books here. Most of these recommended books contain a substantial section of stitch motifs....

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Lace KAL Q & A

It's been great fun seeing everyone's KAL progress so far! We are excited to answer some common questions that have been asked about lace knitting. There will be another lace knitting Q&A blog post on August 4th, so be sure to keep your questions coming in the Ravelry Forum and in the comments section of our blog. Q: Which part of my lace pattern should I swatch? A: Some patterns don't include gauge recommendations for a charted portion of a lace project. This is usually because lace can be very fluid and can stretch quite a bit when blocked, making gauge neither precise nor necessary for...

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Lace KAL Project Planning, Part 2

Once you’re feeling confident about your pattern choice, the fun begins: it’s time to gather your supplies and cast on a swatch! Yarn  Most regions of the world with strong lace-knitting traditions used a two-ply yarn for lace pieces because this balanced structure is the most receptive to opening up with blocking to reveal the openwork patterns. Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter, Loft, Vale, and Plains are all constructed on this principle. The worsted preparation of Vale and Plains lends extra strength to the yarn so it can better withstand a stiff blocking, and the smooth alignment of the fibers gives crisp...

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Lace KAL Project Planning, Part 1

By now you may have selected your pattern for the knitalong, or you may still be mulling over a few final contenders. We'll provide you with some additional pattern suggestions throughout this blog post, in case you are searching for some inspiration. Getting to know your pattern is an important first step toward lace knitting success. Take the time to read through the instructions and flag anything that seems potentially confusing or complicated at the outset. Once you’ve covered basics like necessary yardage and recommended needle size, here are some further points we recommend investigating before you even reach for...

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