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CLOSED#63 WORKSHOP-BASIC LACE Part I-WITH TLL Mar.3,2015
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Mar 3, 2015 09:31:17   #
Designer1234 (a regular here)
 
Welcome to the Lace workshop with TLL (Toni)

I am delighted to open this workshop as Toni is a wonderful lace knitter and I know you will enjoy every moment of this class.

I am Designer1234 (Shirley), and there are a few requests as to how to follow the workshop information.


When you arrive at the workshop, (here) please sign 'I'm in so that we can add you to the count and the teacher and the section will have some idea of the number of people who are interested in this class. Once I see your I'm In, I will enter it in the count and will then delete the post.

We ask that you join in the class, and if you have any suggestions or information, please check with the teacher as in any knitting project there are different ideas and ways to do things. If your suggestion fits into the class information, she will let you know . Otherwise we ask you to please use her suggestions rather than give other methods..

Don't hestitate to join in, as we are on line, we hope that you carry on a conversation about what you are doing. Please don't hesitate to ask questions and to
enjoy yourself!!

Toni will tell you a bit about her lace history. So ladies,
Welcome! I will start deleting the I'm ins' right now.

I know you expected the workshop to open last night but we had a bit of emergency with my Grand daughter - she is home and feeling better now. It is 6:30 am in Vancouver island and I do apologize for keeping you and Toni waiting.

Away we go!


REQUIREMENTS -- WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR THIS WORKSHOP??

The Basic Lace Workshop will consist of getting familiar with Yarn Overs, Knit two together, Slip one – Knit one – Pass Slipped Stitch Over, and Slip one – Knit two together – Pass Slipped Stitch Over while working on small projects such as dish cloths and book marks. We will work with worsted weight cotton yarn and fingering/sock weight yarn and/or lace weight yarns, learn to read charts, and have a lot of fun. My hope is you will come to love lace and lace knitting as I have.

Here is a list of supplies we will be working with:

1 ball worsted weight cotton yarn
1 ball (220 yards is way more than we will need) fingering/sock weight yarn
size 6 or 7 needles (size 2 or 3 optional)
stitch markers (purchased or loops made from crochet thread work, too)
crochet thread for life lines
tapestry needle
scissors
straight pins for blocking
notebook
sticky notes or magnetic board and magnets (for marking your place on the chart)

After completing the projects for the Basic Lace Workshop, we will move on to making the Winter Wonderland Scarf/Shawl. This will give you an opportunity to use your new skills and have a beautiful garment to wear after.

We will use these supplies:

600 yards (approx.) fingering for the scarf or 1,200 – 1,400 yards lace weight for the shawl
size 4, 5, or 6 circular needles (a minimum 24”) - You will need 2 sets.

*Please consider, when you are purchasing your yarns, that if the yarn is pretty simple in coloring, your end product will be incredible. All of the lace stitches will show in a plainer yarn verses one with a lot of dramatic color changes in it. I am sorry that I did not mention this sooner

Toni






 
Mar 3, 2015 10:13:57   #
TLL (a regular here)
 
Good Morning, everyone!

My lace story really begins with the lace workshop here on KP. What a wonderful foundation the teacher Dragonflylace gave to all of us that participated in her workshop. I am so grateful. Here is where I confess that I am NOT an expert in lace knitting, but I do love it. I love the challenge. I love the patterns. I love how something so delicate looking is really so very strong and warm (a little like life - we are stronger than we think we are).

She has graciously offered to let us use the booklet she wrote and I thank her for it. We will start there and move onto other projects. I will add it here. Please start reading and checking out the wonderful links for Estonian lace and other kinds of lace that are on the web. It is so easy to get lost looking at all of those wonderful pieces of art. :) I will touch base with you again when we have a better idea of how many participants we have. :D Happy Reading and Imagining!
Basic Lace Booklet
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Basic Lace Booklet Diamond Motif Chart (updated)
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Mar 3, 2015 12:00:15   #
TLL (a regular here)
 
TONI HERE: HERE WE GO LADIES!!

Ok, so for those of you ready to jump in. Here is the first of the dishcloshs/washcloths that I prepared for us to do. It will include the Knit-two-together stitch, the yarn over, and the slip one-knit one-pass slip stitch over stitches. So it kind of jumps right in there. Please look closely at the descriptions of these stitches on page 8 of the booklet. When knitting with the cotton, it will be a little tricky to move the stitches around your needle, so it is good to try to stay a little looser than you normally would.

Please feel free to ask questions.

When you download the first washcloth (Waves), you will have two options: a colored chart and/or a black and white chart. As you get into lace knitting, you will notice that most charts are not colored. I love colored charts - one quick glance and I know what I need to do for the next several stitches.

It is really important to have some kind of a system to keep track of the row you are on. I started with post it/sticky notes. They were what I had available and they worked, but they lost their stick.

I have seen photos of a sliding cardboard with a window that fits the row cut out. You can only see the row you are working on with this system, but it would work. I have since moved on to the magnetic boards that you can find in JoAnne Fabrics and Hobby Lobby (where I found mine. I am sure there are other places that have them.) I like the magnets because they are more secure in holding your place and holding the pattern page down (and are stronger than the strip magnets that I had here at home and was using on the back of a cookie sheet). I like to keep my sticky note or magnet just above the row I am knitting. This way what I have done already shows and I can compare it with what I have on the needles.

So, whip out your cotton and needles and let's get started!

When you have casted on and knitted your first row, the first stitch of each row after that is "slip as to purl or slip purlwise". (On the written instructions, I write it as "S1" or "slip one".) As you look at that first stitch on your left hand needle (assuming you are a right hand knitter), you will notice that your working yarn is facing you. In order to KNIT, this working yarn needs to be moved to the back of your work. To give your work a nice smooth braided edge, slip the first stitch on EVERY ROW purlwise, move the working yarn between the needles to the back, then continue knitting. We will have a garter stitch edge on our cloths, so you after your first four rows, your instructions look like this: S1, K3.....The chart, however, shows 4 knit stitches, you will just have to remember to slip the first one - you will get it. :)

Knit-two-together or K2tog: is just as it sounds, instead of knitting one stitch at a time, now you put your needle through two stitches, bring your working yarn around as if to knit and make your stitch. You will have a right-leaning decrease when you have completed this stitch.

Yarn Over or YO: usually this comes between two knit stitches. After knitting the first stitch bring your working yarn from the back to the front between your needles, then wrap it back over the top of the right hand needle - THIS is your YO. The working yarn is in the back again. I like to hold it down, to keep from slipping with my finger or thumb (finger gymnastics has begun ;) ) then knit your next stitch as you normally would. We will get lots of practice with these. You are now making lace!

Slip one-Knit one-Pass Slip Stitch Over or S1-K1-PSSO: This time when you slip your stitch, you slip it as IF you are going to knit it, but you don't. For a little while, it will sit on the right needle while you are knitting the next stitch. Then, with the point of your left needle, lift the slipped stitch OVER the just knitted stitch and you now have a left-leaning decrease. Once again, two stitches have turned into one.

This will get you started. Please ask questions and have fun!
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Waves Wash Cloth (colored chart)
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Waves Wash Cloth (black and white chart)
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Mar 3, 2015 12:08:30   #
TLL (a regular here)
 
One more thing before you start: Relax. Take your time. Enjoy the process. :D (That was three things, wasn't it? ;) )
Mar 3, 2015 13:24:26   #
jscaplen (a regular here)
 
Toni, Have you tried this waves pattern with variegated yarn? Will it obscure the lace too much? With worsted weight, the lace might show up okay - maybe? Alternately, it could serve as a good illustration to others of why variegated yarns don't work well in lace projects. :-)
I was thinking that there was no need to get more since just I bought a mega-skein for the RMT projects. I neglected to take into account the fact that it would be tied up in the March project. I could work one from the middle & the other from the outside I guess.
Mar 3, 2015 13:26:32   #
TLL (a regular here)
 
jscaplen wrote:
Toni, Have you tried this waves pattern with variegated yarn? Will it obscure the lace too much? With worsted weight, the lace might show up okay - maybe? Alternately, it could serve as a good illustration to others of why variegated yarns don't work well in lace projects. :-)
I was thinking that there was no need to get more since just I bought a mega-skein for the RMT projects. I neglected to take into account the fact that it would be tied up in the March project. I could work one from the middle & the other from the outside I guess.
Toni, Have you tried this waves pattern with varie... (show quote)


Actually, no, I haven't, because lace does get lost in those busy yarns, but I have some that I could do that with. ;)
 
Mar 3, 2015 14:18:02   #
imashelefrat
 
If I understand correctly, there will be a series of small projects. Is it possible to make them as one narrow or "normal" width and keep going to the length needed. If yes, what is the suggested stitch count?
My reason: I don't use dishcloths.
Mar 3, 2015 14:24:56   #
jangmb
 
Am I the last our LP to post "I'm in!" Thanks for the links of DFL. I did not get them organized at the time, so now will be my chance:-).

I do not have plain cotton on hand, so I will use a variegated/spotted yarn. At the very least it will be an example of just how the multi colored yarns change the overall look of a pattern and really how lost the lace can get.

Good to see a case/workshop of basics in lace again. It's the best way to get new lace lovers comfortable with lace.
Mar 3, 2015 14:32:28   #
Miss Pam (a regular here)
 
jscaplen wrote:
Toni, Have you tried this waves pattern with variegated yarn? Will it obscure the lace too much? With worsted weight, the lace might show up okay - maybe? Alternately, it could serve as a good illustration to others of why variegated yarns don't work well in lace projects. :-)
I was thinking that there was no need to get more since just I bought a mega-skein for the RMT projects. I neglected to take into account the fact that it would be tied up in the March project. I could work one from the middle & the other from the outside I guess.
Toni, Have you tried this waves pattern with varie... (show quote)


That's what I'm thinking I'll do with my skein that's tied up with the March RMT project.
Mar 3, 2015 14:52:00   #
jscaplen (a regular here)
 
Miss Pam wrote:
That's what I'm thinking I'll do with my skein that's tied up with the March RMT project.

...so the two of us will probably end up tied up in knots.
:-)
Mar 3, 2015 15:19:20   #
TLL (a regular here)
 
imashelefrat wrote:
If I understand correctly, there will be a series of small projects. Is it possible to make them as one narrow or "normal" width and keep going to the length needed. If yes, what is the suggested stitch count?
My reason: I don't use dishcloths.


Good question!!! I was just thinking about that this morning. Go ahead and cast on the 45 stitches the cloth calls for and knit it up. The next cloth calls for the same number of stitches, so when we get that far, you will be just fine to keep going. I will work on the third cloth to have that ready for you, but it will be an easy transition. :thumbup:

What yarn are you using? What size needles? It will be fun to see the differences comparing your project to the others. :D

PS: We love to see photos!!! Please post photos of progress and questions and finished projects. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
 
Mar 3, 2015 15:26:32   #
TLL (a regular here)
 
How is it going? I couldn't find the post, someone was having problems. As you have probably figured out by now, a lot of knitting is ripping and tinking. It is part of the deal. That is where relaxing and enjoying the process comes into play.

Here are a few photos showing close ups of the various stitches we are doing and the stitch markers I am using.

When I cast on, I have come to the conclusion that if I read the first row of a pattern from left to right and place the stitch markers (SM's) where the pattern calls for them, it is much easier for me to keep track of the stitch count. Using this cloth, for example:

Cast on 4 stitches (sts), place the marker (PM), cast on 13 more sts, PM, 11 sts, PM, 13 sts, PM, 4 sts - done! I have my 45 stitches on the needle and I know that it is the correct count because I have double checked before moving onto the next section. :D Whew! (My SM's are pretty light in color - silver jump rings and pastel pink crochet thread loops), but they are there and, hopefully, you can see them.
Second row of garter stitch knitted (looking from the top down to see SM's a little better)
Second row of garter stitch knitted (looking from ...
Second Row of garter stitch as you would be looking at it:
Second Row of garter stitch as you would be lookin...
Mar 3, 2015 16:01:20   #
missbronx
 
I' m not sure how to find the post. I'm using my bookmarked one from last week. It did provide me with the downloads. I did not see anything posted on the forum today. I guess I'm asking how to find this on any given day. Thank you.
Mar 3, 2015 16:05:31   #
TLL (a regular here)
 
missbronx wrote:
I' m not sure how to find the post. I'm using my bookmarked one from last week. It did provide me with the downloads. I did not see anything posted on the forum today. I guess I'm asking how to find this on any given day. Thank you.


Now that you have found us (Yeah!), you should receive emails on a pretty regular basis letting you know that there are new postings here. The downloads should be on the first page here. I am adding teachings as we go, also.

Welcome, missbronx!
Mar 3, 2015 16:10:49   #
TLL (a regular here)
 
Here are step-by-step photos of the Knit-two-together (K2tog) stitch:
Right needle is inserted knitwise through 2 stitches
Right needle is inserted knitwise through 2 stitch...
wrapping the working yarn around the right needle
wrapping the working yarn around the right needle...
and pulling the new loop through to complete the stitch
and pulling the new loop through to complete the s...
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