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).
If you’re unfamiliar with Knotions, 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.
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).
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. 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 layout of the book, as always with Knotions, the layouts are clean, have easy to read fonts and are well formatted.
How does all of this help someone who’s never knitted a lace pattern?
For starters, Liz 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, read them, you’ll learn a lot.
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 🙂