Kiwiyarns Knits

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Lace knitting and knitted lace


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:

Knitted lace

Knitted lace – Image from “Creating original hand-knitted lace” by Margaret Stove

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.

Lace knitting

Lace knitting – Image from “Creating original hand-knitted lace” by Margaret Stove

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!

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12 thoughts on “Lace knitting and knitted lace

  1. Well, I’ve learned something already this Sunday morning (apart from remembering to check the dishwasher is ‘on’ before heading to bed) – thank you!

  2. I had no idea that there was a difference. Thank you for that.

  3. You might also be interested in Eunny’s online four-part series, “Majoring in Lace”:

  4. Lace knitting and knitted lace is very pretty – and a great way to knit things suitable for summer!

  5. I’m interested in knowing if you are finding that one of the lace books is more useful than the other, or if they each have something to offer.

    • They both have something to offer. “The very easy guide to lace knitting” is like ‘instant lace’, you get to grips with lace techniques very quickly. Margaret Stove’s book is a great follow-on because it offers more background information as well as guidance on how to design your own. They’re good complementary books.

  6. This breakdown really shows your depth of knowledge and your expertise level!

  7. Wow, that is so impressive!
    I love knitting with fine yarn, but when I see the word lace appear I run the other way. All lace experiences ended in disaster as there is always a mistake which I cannot correct.
    Bimbi x