VIRTUAL CLASS! Design a Lace Shawl
Tue 9/15, 10/6, & 10/20
These classes will be held via Zoom. You will receive a link to the zoom sessions after registration.
Unleash your inner designer and create something truly your own. With some math, some charts and a world of possibilities, we will learn to take some lace we love and turn it into an heirloom. Don’t be intimidated; we will take it step by step.
Instructor: Jean Carter
Prerequisites: Must have experience knitting lace and reading from charts. There is no project or pattern in this class except the one you design. Our motto will be “Swatch, swatch, swatch!” so if you hate swatching, you might want to rethink being a designer.
Homework: Gather your pencils and print a few pages of graph paper.
Skills Learned: Working from inspiration to execution of a triangular lace shawl. Drawing charts, finding ideas, arranging motifs, shaping, the math of lace.
- Graph paper. The best way to get this these days is to print it from the internet. I suggest either 5mm or 1/8” squares, depending on your eyesight. The 1/8” squares are smaller and you can get more of your chart on one page. The 5mm will be easier to see, but there will be more Scotch tape involved. You might need to fiddle with your printer settings to get the graph to almost fill the page. Search Google for “printable graph paper” and include the size in the search. Don’t get one with bold lines every 10 squares or whatever, they just get in the way. (When you get some pages that you like, make several copies to use and save a “clean copy” that you never write on, so you can always make more when you need it.) I used: https://www.waterproofpaper.com/graph-paper/grid-paper.shtml for 1/8” and http://print-graph-paper.com/details/5mm for 5mm
- Lots of sharp pencils (or a reliable mechanical pencil) with a good, clean eraser. And a couple of other colors of pencil or pen, like red and green.
- Yarn to practice with. And I do mean practice. Don’t plan to start right off with your project yarn. Choose something out of your stash that is easy to work with. If you want you can choose several yarn sizes to see how they look in lace. I do suggest a solid or mostly-solid light color, though. Lace gets lost in busy yarn.
- Needle size isn’t critical for practicing either. Start with needles that are 2 or 3 sizes bigger than is called for on the ball band of your chosen yarn.