Successfully Learn Lace Knitting in 5 Easy Steps

Successfully learn lace knitting in 5 easy steps and I’m not kidding!

learn lace knitting the easy wayDon’t you just love knitted things that look like this? Looks hard to create, doesn’t it? Well, that’s another secret to knitting. It’s not at all what you think. And if you’ve never tried a “lace” knitting stitch, they are easier than you think. 🙂

How to start lace knitting

Am I going to give you a pattern or two, RIGHT NOW,  to start you on your way to lace knitting success? NO! Not yet. There are 5 steps to look through FIRST, because you want to get the best knowledge you can when starting something new. So, it’s good, very good, to take a look at what it takes to be a successful lace knitter.

Before I get into those 5 Easy Steps, just let me say that “lace knitting” is often referred to as “openwork knitting”, too. Either term is fine and they mean the exact same thing. Like a lot of terms in English, it’s all just in the way you prefer to say it.

Take for instance saying how much you love to blog. Someone may simply say, “I love to blog that’s why I’ve created one”, where I think more in terms of “blogging brings what matters into a reality I create.” See how that goes? Two ways, two ways of expression. One just a little fancier than the other.

Before I get into the 5 easy steps to lace knitting, here’s a link to a book review I did a while back entitled “Lace From The Attic” by Nancie Wiseman. Such a beautiful book and one that I refer to all the time! 🙂

5 Easy Steps to Lace Knitting

Successfully Learn Lace Knitting in 5 Easy Steps#1.  Find the pattern first. That’s easy! Here’s a tip: keep it simple. Especially if you are new to all of the yo’s, and k2togs because there is the slightest tendency to add or lose stitches with lace knitting. I know, I know, there are SO any pretty things to see that you want to knit, but try the less complicated patterns first.

Remember, lace knitting can be knit by written instruction or with a chart. Charts drive me crazy! It’s just me, but they do! If there was a pattern I just absolutely positively HAD to knit and the only way I could do that is with a chart, then I’ll force myself. Other than that, there are so many patterns to find that are written out. Here’s some extra advice on how to read knitting patterns.

#2. Find the yarn next. Usually, there is a recommended yarn with any pattern you choose, and try to use what that is. Sometimes, the yarn is no longer available (don’t you hate that!) so substitute something in its place. Take note of the yardage and buy accordingly. Easy!

Lace knitting tends to look delicate; so use natural fibers such as wool, cotton, silk, or linen. Or even a very pretty soft acrylic will do just fine.

Successfully Learn Lace Knitting in 5 Easy steps#3. Needles are third. When you knit an “openwork” pattern, you want your stitches to glide smoothly along; that’s why I recommend metal needles. With pointy tips. For now, I wouldn’t do circular needles; they hold a vast amount of stitches but if you’re not familiar with them, you can soon find yourself literally all mixed up. Stick with simple metal needles for your beginning lace projects.

If you’ve been lace knitting and are comfortable with smaller needles, by all means use what you like. For anyone new to lace knitting, try a larger needle to begin, as all of the different stitches can be difficult to knit on small needles. I know this from experience!

#4. Accessories are fourth. The only accessories I would use for lace knitting are stitch markers and a crochet hook. Stitch markers are those little round rings that you slide onto the needle when you want to be reminded of where the pattern leaves off. The crochet hook is great for picking up a stitch that slips off your needle. Or for catching one before it does!

#5. Lastly, you may want to block. Some lace projects such as a beautiful shawl will need to be blocked before using. There are a few different ways to do that. I’m thinking for right now, your lace projects will be smaller and less in need of serious blocking. But, I will be adding a blocking post in the weeks to come.

These 5 steps will give you some REAL information towards doing successful lace knitting. Knitting anything takes time and a lot of effort on your part, so make sure you give it all you’ve got!

Next week, I’ll post some really fun and easy lace knitting patterns so you will be able to say that you can

successfully learn lace knitting in 5 easy steps!

As always, take your knitting to heart!     Glittery heart in sparkly red



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  1. Julia Dawn Mason says:

    I wish I had known all of this when I first learned to knit. Now it is so many yarns and patterns at my fingertips with the Internet. Now I have access to two different knitting forums, and many different places to order yarn from . Lace knitting came at a time when I wanted to make something really delicate looking . Last year I went to my Daylily Convention in North Carolina and I donated a lace shawl that had the daylily knitting stitch pattern as the focal point of a triangular shawl with 2 different patterns . I also made a pair of men’s gloves and matching hat . Both items, shawl and mens glove and hat set went for $50.00 each.

    • Hi Julia,

      Very nice! I’m thinking of doing a craft fair later in the year, and also donating an afghan set. It’s a great way to meet other crafters and for them to sign up at Scarf Knitting, too!
      I like the forums, too; I get some of my best blog post ideas from them!
      Cheers, Alice
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