Friday 02/23/2018, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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History, Methods, and Styles of Lace Knitting with Franklin Habit
In this session, examine the fundamental principles and techniques of knitting's grandest tradition. Learn about the history of lace knitting and the development of the art in three parts of the world (Russia, Estonia, and the Shetland Islands) in which the craft was developed to the highest level of artistry. We will not only discuss but practice and play with some of the methods and motifs that distinguish each of these traditions. You will have the opportunity to view beautiful examples of lace, both modern and antique. Whether you are merely curious about lace or a devoted practitioner, there will be something for you to enjoy.
Note: Should be familiar with the basics of knitting (casting, binding off, knitting, purling, yarn over, decreasing); and willing to work from charts.
1 ball smooth (non-fuzzy), DK or sport weight yarn (such as Cascade 220 Sport, Dale Baby Ull or Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted) in white or a light color; wool or another non-slippery natural fiber is recommended; one pair straight needles (8" or longer) or circular needle (16” or 24” suggested length)–in whatever size will give you a drapey gauge in the yarn of your choice (this will likely be larger than you would select for knitting plain stockinette); scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers (6), pen (or pencil) and paper for making notes. (In all my classes, note-taking is highly advised!)
Optional: row counter recommended