Lacestar book review, Liz Felgate for knotions.com

Lacestar book review, Liz Felgate for knotions.com

Lacestar by Liz Felgate for Knotions.com

I was recently asked by the wonderful Jody at Knotions to review the new Lacestar book by Elizabeth Felgate, many of you on Ravelry will know her designs. I love her Gaugeless range of sweaters and cardigans designed for any yarn weight.

Liz has an amazing eye for both colour and texture and whether you’re an experienced lace knitter or a newbie, you’ll absolutely love this book. Liz is known for her attention to detail and this really shows in the book, there’s a great deal of thought gone into making it easier for the knitter and to ensure any instructions are well explained before you start. There are lots of gorgeous photos and plenty of hints, tips and advice to take you through your lace projects. It’s an absolute bargain at $19.95 (plus VAT if you’re in the EU).

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If you’re unfamiliar with Knotions.com, they’re an online publisher of knit and crochet patterns and their website is a virtual treasure trove of goodies including articles and some fabulous tutorials.

About the Lacestar book – a book review

The new Lacestar book is out this week and you can buy it here. (In the interests of transparency, this is an affiliate link and I’ll receive a small percentage from the sale of the book, it won’t affect the price you pay). 

Lacestar by Liz Felgate for Knotions.com swatches of lace from the book

Lacestar by Liz Felgate for Knotions.com swatches of lace from the book

The ebook itself has over 70 pages of instructions for knitters of all levels.

  • how to read charts
  • the basics of lace knitting
  • simple stitches
  • more complex stitches
  • blocking
  • tips and tricks

There are clever charts and written patterns you can customize to your yarn/gauge and get the size you want.   The book is organised into sections, showing the anatomy of lace stitches with clear photos and good written instructions for each pattern shown.

I love the design and layout of the Lacestar book.  It’s a joy to read and the photos are fabulous.  As always with Knotions.com, the page layouts are clean with plenty of white space.   This makes the book easy to read and shows off any photographs, swatches and other details clearly.   The book has easy to read fonts and is extremly well formatted.

How does all of this help someone who’s never knitted a lace pattern?

For starters, Liz Felgate clearly explains how lace stitches are formed, shows examples (homework) of patterns you can try with lace every other row and lace every row.   

There is a section on using lifelines and I strongly suggest you read this and use them for larger lace projects. 

Having ripped out a lace shawl made with laceweight mohair silk, I WISH I had used a lifeline at the time.

The sections on mirroring charts and more complex stitches like nupps were excellent and I certain you’ll find them really useful as you work your way through the book.   

The suggestions for fixing mistakes and the magic of blocking will be some of the best tools in your knitting toolbox.  I strongly suggest you take time to read them, you’ll learn a great deal.

I’m hoping to swatch one of the lace patterns over the weekend, unfortunately my day job has got in the way of things this last couple of weeks, but that’s all sorted out now.   Check back in day or two for a swatch photo 🙂

Loraine

 

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Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves on my list to make

Hi everyone, I’ve been browsing the sale pattern bundle at the Indie Design Gift Along and looking through the Participating Designers list for 2018.   So much talent and incredible patterns for both knitting and crochet.

There are 349 designers, 263 knit designers, 51 crochet designers and 33 who offer both knit and crochet.

I wanted to focus on cowls and scarves today, there is so much to choose from, but here are a few that caught my eye as I was helping to assemble the giant sale bundle of over 6000 patterns.

First up

Urban Frieze

I love to see Paola’s patterns and photos, she’s such a fun lady and has an amazing sense of style.   This particular cowl combines two of my favourite things, modular knitting and mosaic knitting.   The colourwork (mosaic) is achieved by using only one colour at a time and slipping some stitches, it’s very easy but has big impact.   Modular just means the pieces knitted and joined as you go, working one piece directly from another (no seams).

Cowl Trick

Unusually for Mary, this cowl is in Aran weight yarn, she’s the Queen of laceweight yarns and has a fabulous selection of shawls, so for her this must have felt like knitting with rope, lol.    This is a reversible piece and a very clever construction, it’s also a great one for stash busting as each layer could be a different colour.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves 1

Orbital Cowl

I had to include a crochet cowl and this one really caught my eye, all that purple and smooshy stitches.  You could have a lot of fun with colour and play with contrast levels too, lots of potential here.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves Crochet

Cailleach-Oidhche

Don’t ask me how to pronounce this, I have no clue, lol.   However, as brioche seems to be the new black, then I had to include a brioche cowl in the mix today.    The instructions include options for both a long and a short cowl, my personal preference for Winter is the longer, but in Autumn/Fall, I like a shorter cowl, so I guess I’ll have to make both.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves brioche

Thanks, It Has Pockets!

I had to include this one, as it’s the only cowl I’ve seen with zips and pockets, great idea for those of us on the go and dashing around on the school run.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves knit and zips

Sledge

I chose this one partly because I love the colours, yes I am a sucker for this olive/mustard combination, but also because it’s a simple knit, worked in the round with plain stocking stitch and some ribbing for interest.  It’ll be a good beginner knit and one of those go-to classics you wear every day.   Choose a colour to match your winter coat and pair it with a contast colour to add interest.    I’m thinking purple and mustard for mine.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves knit cowl 2 colour

Cowl Owl-Light

This cute crochet cowl can be subtle, as shown in the picture with gentle colours or in-your-face pops of colour with high contrast, intense colours.   Your choice, either way, I’m sure you’ll love it.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves Crochet Motif Cowl

Pick-Me-Up Posey Scarf

Another crochet choice, this would be great to use up those self striping yarns you have no clue what to do with and is quick to work.   I love the motif, it’s delicate and pretty without being over the top.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Faves Crochet Motif Cowl

Glide

Sometimes you just need a scarf, something relaxing to knit with a simple pattern repeat you can ‘read’ as you knit and that’s easier to remember as you work along.    Pretty lace, would work in any weight of yarn, what’s not to love?
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf knit scarf, lace

Twitterpated

I like this one for lots of reasons, the lace panels, the asymmetry of the shaping, the ability to use up a ton of scrap yarn and change colour whenever I feel like it and to top it all, stripes.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf knit scarf

Bouquet Cowl

I picked this one, partly influenced by the joyous colour but also because it has lace and is part of a really pretty set that I can absolutely see myself making for ME.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf knit scarf, lace 2

Cosmos Flower Scarf

Another crochet beauty, couldn’t resist the colour or the beautiful shawl pin in the photo.  The designer suggest it’s good to have some experience of cluster sts, but the rest is pretty basic and there are a ton of youtube tutorials available to show you how to work cluster stitches.   Give it a go.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf crochet scarf

Pebbles and Scales Cowl

I love texture and would love to make this one, but I must admit it also looks a bit like a Christmas Tree in this photo, if you like a textured cowl which is a fun and interesting knit, this is one!
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Knit Scales

Winter in Star’s Hollow Cowl

I love this cowl by knitting superstar Annie Modesitt, it’s a great way to use that mini-skein set you bought because you love the colours but have no idea what to make with it.    Clever use of short rows and slipped stitches make for very simple colour work with a WOW factor.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Knit Cowl

Caribou Wildflower Cowl

I couldn’t resist adding this stranded cowl pattern, great for using stash and odd skeins your bought because they were pretty, or soft, or just there.     Super warm, worked in the round then joined to make a loop, as long or short ass you like.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Knit Stranded

Pebble Brook

This is great for using those odd skeins of Malabrigo Rios (other yarns available) that you can’t figure out what you’re going to make.   I have a couple of skeins of Rios in Archangel lined up for this beauty.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Cowl and Scarf Knit slip stitch
That’s it for today, tomorrow is a Sock Spectacular!   See you then.
Loraine
Last Minute Magic Cowl by Tanja Luescher

Last Minute Magic Cowl by Tanja Luescher

The Gorgeous Last Minute Magic Cowl by Tanja Luescher

My lovely friend, Tanja Luescher, released a fabulous pattern today.  It’s for the Last Minute Magic Cowl, is made using bulky/chunky yarn and 5mm needles.   It’s a super quick knit for those of you making Christmas or Holiday Gifts.   Tanja used some Eco-alpaca but this would be lovely in any chunky/bulky yarn and will fly off your needles.

Last Minute Magic Cowl by Tanja Luescher

Last Minute Magic Cowl by Tanja Luescher

With the coupon code Magic, the Last Minute Magic Cowl by Tanja Luescher pattern is 75 % off for 7 users, 50 % off for 10 users, then 25 % off for everyone until November 4th, end of day

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