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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 October 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218135
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 195x250 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 180
  • RRP: £14.99
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Lace Knitting


40 openwork patterns, 30 lovely projects, countless ideas and inspiration by Denise Samson

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Book Description

Lace knitting is striking and eye catching - and can appear a little complicated, if you haven't tried it before! Denise Samson's helpful and comprehensive book is perfect for crafters with some experience under their belts who want to take their knitting to the next level.

Discover 40 openwork patterns, introduced to you step by step, with full-colour photographs, charts and instructions to guide you, from the deceptively simple to the beautifully intricate. Or try out your favourite lace stitches with one of 30 delightful, stylish designs - including cushions and throws, socks and hats, garments for children and adults, and even a handy bookmark! It’s everything you need to master openwork, in one complete package.

Table of Contents

Preface 4
A Little History 5
Read before you Begin 6
Knitting Gauge 6
Varying Pattern Appearance 8
How to Read Charts 12
Tools 14
Blocking 15
Correcting Mistakes 16

Part 1 Lace Patterns 18
Edgings and Panels 20
No. 1 Flower Buds 21
No. 2 Lace Ribbing 23
No. 3 Lace Stripes 24
No. 4 Waterfall 25
No. 5 Climbing Roses 27
No. 6 Lupines 29
No. 7 Viking Ship 30
No. 8 Rope and Lace 31
No. 9 Zigzag Edge 32
No. 10 Waves at the Beach 33
No. 11 Edge with Faux Cable 34
No. 12 Lace Edging 35

Leaf Patterns 36
No. 13 Falling Leaves 37
No. 14 Leaf Vine 39
No. 15 Birch Leaves 41
No. 16 The Sacred Tree 43

Diagonal Lace 46
No. 17 Zigzag 47
No. 18 Chicken Tracks 49
No. 19 Harlequin Lace 51
No. 20 Spruce 53
No. 21 Flowers 55
No. 22 Heart 57
No. 23 Heart On Heart 59

Overall Patterns 60
No. 24 Bee Swarm 61
No. 25 Diamond Syrup Cookies 63
No. 26 Crystal Chandelier 65
No. 27 Lily Leaf 67
No. 28 Lily Of The Valley 69
No. 29 Gatsby Waves 71
No. 30 Wheat Spike 73
No. 31 Medallion 75
No. 32 Enfolded Ribbons 77
No. 33 Sea Foam 79
No. 34 Scallops 81

Lace on both Right and Wrong Sides 82
No. 35 Flame 83
No. 36 Sailor’s Comfort 85
No. 37 Lace Cables 87

Twisted Stitch Patterns 88
No. 38 Angel Wings 89
No. 39 Shell Pattern 91
No. 40 Parisian Lady Motif 93

Part 2 Garments, Accessories, and Household Textiles 95
Washcloth and Hand Towel 97
Bluebell Cap 99
Dress with Lace Cables 101
Sweater with Leafy Vines 103
Yoked Dress 107
Girl’s Sweater with Lupine Pattern 111
Zigzag Pattern Shawl 115
Child’s Sweater with Hearts 117
Dress for Small Girls 121
Socks with Harlequin Pattern 123
Pink Baby Blanket with Angel Wings 125
Green Baby Blanket with Lily Leaf Pattern 127
Skirt with Lace Edging 129
Pillow Cover with Diamond Syrup Cookie Pattern 131
Book Marker 133
Lace Top with Scallop Motifs 135
The Sacred Tree Double Bed Coverlet 137
Socks with Shell Pattern 141
Lace Bonanza Tunic 145
Bolero with Gatsby Waves 149
Christening Gown and Cap 153
Rugged Sweater with Medallions 157
Long Lace Scarf 161
Poncho Edged with Faux Cables 163
Parisian Lady Gloves 165
Baby Onesie 169
Cap, Scarf, and Mittens 173

Acknowledgements 176
Resources 176
Yarn Information 177


About the Author

About Denise Samson

Denise Samson was born in Oslo in 1956 and started to knit when she was 5 years old. It is more common to see her with needles and yarn than without. Denise is a passionate knitter and is also an experienced translator of books about hobbies and handcrafts. She regularly contributes her own knitting patterns to weekly magazines. This is her third book on knitting. She resides in Oslo, Norway.


The Knitter

As well as offering a stitch dictionary with 40 lovely lace patterns, Denise Samsons book has 30 modern lace projects. There are sweaters, cardigans and dresses for women and girls, delicate socks, lightweight tops and tunics, an exquisite heirloom blanket, and a vintage-inspired beaded bolero that would be ideal for a wedding.


Lace Knitting can be romantic yet practical. In this book you'll discover lace knitting techniques, charts and patterns with 30 projects to make and 40 stitches offering much inspiration. The lace stitch patterns are divided into edgings and panels (12); leaves (4); diagonals (7); overall (11); reversible (3) and twisted (3) . The projects include garments, accessories and household textiles. You'll find small projects such as hats using one stitch. I particularly like the chid's cardigan with lace heart pockets and the lace top with scallop motifs. There are two attractive sock patterns and the bed coverlet is a heirloom pattern. My top make is the Bolero, it is beautiful. I'm not sure that many knit dresses and this book includes a fair few. The introduction includes gauge and blocking as well as charts. If you need full written instructions, this book is not for you as it relies totally on charts. Also if you are not used to working out which needle to use to give a specific tension, this is not for you as needle size is not given at all. An interesting addition for any lovers of lace knitting. This book was first published in Norwegian and has also been published in the USA. 

Customer review

I am an experienced knitter and enjoy knitting lacy patterns so was excited to see this book, and it has not disappointed. The first part of the book shows how to create 40 different lace patterns with clear charts (don't be put off if you are not comfortable using charts as right at the front of the book it explains how to follow a chart successfully). The second part of the book has 30 lace projects to have a go at, ranging from a bookmark, socks, cushion cover, bed cover, to child and adult clothes, a great range of projects. All patterns have lovely colour photos of the finished projects (I like to know what things SHOULD look like!) All in all a great book. 

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