Back to Basics: Practical, Everyday Lace Knits

If you’ve paged through a recent issue of your favorite fashion magazine, no doubt you’ll see that lace is big on the catwalk lately. There’s something truly romantic and timeless about this elegant technique.

Knitting lace may seem a bit intimidating because of its intricacy, but you’d be surprised at how easy it can be. Some of the simplest of lace patterns call for a series of yarn overs, increases and decreases, and if you’ve got a handle on how to work these basic techniques, then half the battle is over. Here are a few books that offer lace knitting at its best.

Timeless Lace

Great for beginners to lace knitting, the 18 projects in this book include a variety of options to choose from such as a table runner, afghan, a lap throw and elegant shawls. Intermediate to advanced skills are required for most projects, although an ambitious beginning knitter can start with the smaller, easy lace projects and quickly develop their skills. For more information, visit Annie’s

Rose Leaf Top

Wendy Knits Lace
Essential Techniques and Pattern for Irresistible Everyday Lace

In her book, Wendy D. Johnson explains the basics of lace knitting and walks you through a series of extensive techniques that help guide you on your way to success. Wendy generously shares her vast knowledge on the subject and shares tips and tricks that will help new lace knitters avoid problems and frustration. This book is packed with twenty projects for beginners through advanced, along with written instructions, charts, schematics. Pottercraft, $22.99. For more information about Wendy, visit

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There’s still time to make a huge impression on someone special this holiday season. Get your free copy of this easy Opulent Evening Stole pattern, made on size 15 knitting needles. This easy design will teach you lace knitting basics so you can make this quick-knit stole with time to spare before the holiday festivities begin!

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