The lace knitting learnings are going well. I can now look at a lace pattern and start to see how it was constructed. This bodes well!
Thought I would share a fun fact for the day:
Question: What is the difference between knitted lace and lace knitting?
Knitted lace is knitted with yarn overs on both sides of the knitting. You can identify knitted lace by the fact that the yarn between the “yarn over” hole is a single strand:
Lace knitting is what we are mostly familiar with. Yarn overs are placed on the right side of the knitting, while the wrong side is purled. Lace knitting can be identified by the twisted strands between the yarn over holes.
There is also one other form of lace.
Creative lace: a combination of both the above techniques, and includes other stitch manipulations that create the effect of lace but are not done by the inclusion of a YO.
You can read more about lace, its history and interesting facts like the above from Margaret Stove’s book “Creating Original Hand-knitted Lace”. As it was published in 1995, you might have difficulty obtaining it from a regular bookstore. However, it can readily be got from Holland Road Yarn Company.
I am so enjoying this learning! At the moment, I keep reading and coming up with questions about ‘why use this stitch and not that?’ and ‘what happens if I do this instead of that?’ Heaps of practical lessons are coming out of this process. It’s a wonderfully safe way to learn and not worry about “stuffing up” one’s knitting!