This inspiring design class will teach you how to choose and modify lace patterns from stitch dictionaries in order to create and chart your own stunning triangular lace shawl. Dee’s published triangular lace shawl patterns will be analyzed and used for inspiration. The class fee includes a free triangular shawl pattern of your choice from Dee’s pattern store as well as a comprehensive multi-page handout.
Three 2.5 hour classes
*Please note that this class skips June 19th.
Skills needed: This class is rated “Uberchic” – Students must be experienced lace knitters who are very comfortable reading lace charts. Familiarity with a computer spreadsheet program (Excel, for example) is helpful although not required.
- Top-down, triangular shawl construction
- Structure of lace
- Lace math/modifying lace patterns
- Aligning stitch patterns
- Choosing complimentary stitch patterns
- How to estimate yardage
- Please bring at least one stitch dictionary. This may be either a lace-specific dictionary or a general stitch dictionary as long as it has a fairly substantial lace section. If you have more than one dictionary, please feel free to bring as many as you like. IMPORTANT! All stitch dictionaries used for this class must have the stitches printed in charted form.
- Graph paper
- To knit up your future masterpiece once you design it, you will need approximately 400-800 yards of fingering weight yarn depending on size; yardage may vary should you choose to make your shawl in a different weight yarn. Fingering weight is recommended, but other weights would be considered. We will discuss this more in the first class, so you may wish to hold off buying yarn until after that class.
- US Size 5 (3.75 mm) 30” circular needles or straights (if using fingering weight yarn, other sizes will be discussed in class)
- Tapestry needle and stitch markers as needed