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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 02 February 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219859
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 215x254 mm
  • Illustrations: 450
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £12.99
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The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting


Step-by-step techniques, easy-to-follow stitch patterns and projects to get you started by Lynne Watterson

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Book Description

This easy-to-follow course in lace knitting will transform the complete beginner into an accomplished expert.

Progress from simple eyelet lace to openwork stitching and intricate edgings as you develop the skill and confidence to create beautiful pieces of lace filigree. With step-by-step tuition and a preliminary section explaining all the essentials yarn, needles, tension, techniques and how to read knitting charts this guide could not be more accessible.

All of the stitch swatches are clearly photographed and each stitch is provided in both written and chart form, so even novices can start right away. There are also 13 lovely projects to practise your newly acquired skills, including a baby blanket and slippers, an evening bag, a shrug and a jewellery purse.

Each stitch pattern is illustrated in both fine and thicker yarns, so you can choose the look of the finished item. The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting will give you the skills and the inspiration to get started.

This is a reissue of the previously best-selling published book The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting (9781844486519).

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Lesson 1: Yarns 8, Lesson 2: Knitting kit 10, Lesson 3: Circular needles 12

Knitting basics 14
Lesson 4: Casting on 16, Lesson 5: Knit and purl 18, Lesson 6: Reversible fabrics 20, Lesson 7: Casting off 21, Lesson 8: Decorative increases 22, Lesson 9: Decorative decreases 23, Lesson 10: Tension 24, Lesson 11: Charts 26

The lace knits 28
Lesson 12: Eyelet patterns 30, Technique: Simple eyelets 32, The stitch collection 34, Project 1: Baby blanket and slippers 44, Project 2: Hat and scarf 46, Project 3: Child’s cardigan 48, Lesson 13: Lace panels 50, Technique: Eyelets in diagonal lines 52, The stitch collection 54, Project 4: Cushion wraps 70, Project 5: Jewellery purse 72, Project 6: Women’s sweaters 74, Lesson 14: Lace patterns 78, Technique: Double decrease 80, The stitch collection 82, Project 7: Scarf 104, Project 8: Wrap 106, Project 9: Evening bag 108, Project 10: Pillow cover 110, Lesson 15: Lace edgings 112, Technique: Double increase 114, The stitch collection 116, Project 11: Shrug 120, Project 12: Baby’s shawl 122, Project 13: Guest towels 124

Finishing techniques 126
Lesson 16: Blocking and pressing 128, Lesson 17: Perfect seams 130, Lesson 18: Adding beads and sequins 132, Lesson 19: Basic tassels 134, Lesson 20: Beaded tassels 135, Lesson 21: Adding buttons 136, Lesson 22: Pompoms 138, Lesson 23: Aftercare essentials 139

Abbreviations and chart symbols 140, Index 142, Credits 144

About the Author

About Lynne Watterson

Lynne Watterson has been knitting and designing for as long as she can remember. At the age of five she designed her first outfit a sweater, hat and scarf ensemble for her Sindy doll. With knitting in her blood, her grandfather was a machine knitter and her grandmother a patter checker for a knitting publication, it came as no surprise to her family when on leaving school she worked as a knitting sub-editor at IPC Magazines. Lynne has edited many craft magazines in her career including FashioncraftHand Knitting NewsMachine Knitting NewsCross StitchNeedlecraft MagicCross Stitch Magic, as well as contributing to many others including Prima and Ideal Home. Lynne lives and works in the Cotswolds, UK.



This is a very informative book with stitch ideas, lace patterns and great information about techniques to aid a knitter new to knitting lace. The photography clearly highlights the patterns and I really like the fact that there are charts as well as written instructions which caters for people who have different learning styles. There are a variety of patterns to choose from as well as lots of ideas where lace can be used for the knitters personal projects such as a scarf, cushion cover or blanket. The lessons at the back of the book are a useful backup for any beginner or intermediate knitter and can be used for other projects involving knitting and will help to develop new or reinforce techniques. This book will be an asset to add to your knitting book library.

Amazon Customer Review

I am very impressed with this book! Although it has a few patterns in this book it is primarily a source book for some beautiful lace patterns. These patterns, which are very well produced and detailed, can then be applied to any knitting you might need to add some decoration. I knit a lot of socks and can see me adding panels of lace to a plain sock. This could be applied to any garment you may need to add interest. The photographs are very clear and text is easy to read and understand. All the patterns are in written and chart form. There are several useful techniques listed and I personally found the article on blocking your completed work extremely informative. This very well-presented book is a brilliant book for any knitters library.

Machine Knitting Monthly

Here's an easy-to-follow book, with 13 projects, to give the inspiration and skills to transform beginners into accomplished experts. All the swatches have clear photos and each stitch has both written and chart form, so even novices can start right away.

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