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Saturday 02/25/2012, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 02/25/2012, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Knitting Lace; Estonian Style with Merike Saarniit
While working a swatch that can grow into a lovely scarf, we'll explore those unusual stitch manipulations (including simultaneous decrease/increase elements and nupps of course) that can make any lace project even more special. Participants will be provided both traditional and contemporary edging choices along with a pattern adapted from a traditional shawl. The swatch itself can be used to sew onto a canvas tote for a lovely project bag. Worked in multiple repeats, the same stitch pattern provided can also be worked into a shawl.
Both heirloom traditional Haapsalu style shawls and scarves as well as contemporary examples of lace knit Estonian style from the instructor's collection will be displayed during class.
Note: Must be comfortable with lace knitting (increases, decreases and working from charts).
For a contemporary swatch: any weight yarn you're comfortable using along with appropriately sized needles. To work the Estonian provisional cast on, you'll need either interchangeable needles so you can store the cast on edge on a spare cable (with stoppers) or an extra circular needle the same size with which you'll be working your swatch. I strongly recommend a yarn that is NOT totally inelastic unless using really pointy needles. I do recommend pointy needles in any case.
For a more traditional Haapsalu style swatch: a fine 2-ply wool yarn with a relatively low twist, straight needles in two sizes: US 3 and US 4. Note: The edge lace is knit separately after finishing the panel, then sewn on. You will have instructions and this will be demonstrated but you will not have time to do this in class.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.