Friday 02/20/2015, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 02/21/2015, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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The Unst Effect: Shetland Shawls with Denise Bell
The northern-most reaches of Scotland are the Shetland Islands, renowned for their wool and knitting traditions. By the time one travels north to the island of Unst, one is quickly running out of Scotland. However, the lace there is worth the trek.
When Shetland lace was presented to Queen Victoria, her excitement sparked aristocratic interest and launched the most popular era for the Shetland lace industry.
In this class we will discuss the traditional methods used in Shetland shawls and consider current techniques for their construction, including both 'inward' and 'outward' progressions. Denise's photographs of Shetland lace will be available, and students will knit a swatch using lace-weight yarn (provided).
Note: Students must be skilled at working standard increases and decreases, be proficient at chart reading, and have experience with lace-weight yarn.
3.25mm/US 3 needles, either two circular (16” or 24”) or long double points will do as long as the tips are sharp, stitch markers along with their usual knitting kit containing scissors, etc.
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.