"Wendy Knits Lace" is brought to you by our friends at Potter Craft, and like Wendy's prior books, it's a paperback, with fold-in covers, with glorious color throughout. "Wendy Knits Lace" is a little bigger than her two sock books, at around 8.5 by 11 inches, with approximately 144 pages, MSRP $22.99 (available for $15.63 as of the time of this writing through the link above). The first 38 pages or so are devoted to technical material, and the remainder of the book contains 20 patterns. Let's take a closer look.
Wendy starts with an introduction explaining her approach to lace. While she began by making airy shawls from cobweb yarn, she came to realize that those garments weren't very durable and therefore weren't practical for everyday wear.
The pieces I use over and over again are sturdier lace. The shawls and scarves I knit from slightly heavier lace-weight yarns and sock yarns, for example, are the ones I wear all winter long. I like the idea of knitting pieces that are sturdy and serviceable whiel at the same time lacy and pretty -- lace for everyday life.She then instructs the reader that the patterns used in the book were knit with "heavier" yarns, meaning yarns other than truly cobweb-weight: heavier lace yarns, and sock through worsted weight yarns.
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Chapter 2 covers specific techniques needed to knit lace. Wendy begins with cast-ons (provisional, circular. the "lace" cast-on, and the use of a garter-stitch tab; yarn joins (the most commonly used join, the Russian join and the spliced join); bind-offs (Russian); how to knit on a border; and methods of increasing and decreasing.
Chapter 3 begins the patterns. This first set of patterns is designed for every day, and begins with a scarf with lace stripes, to ease the new lace knitter into the rhythm of laceknitting:
Lace Stripe Scarf
Projects start to ramp up in difficulty at a slow but steady pace. Easier items include a cute set of mittens; gloves with a lace edging; a hat; and a tam.
Vortex Spiral Afghan
Delicate Vines Socks
Summing up, we've got:
- 2 rectangular scarves and 2 cowls
- two hats (one watch style and one tam)
- one pair each of mittens, gloves and fingerless mitts
- 3 pairs of socks (two crew-length; one knee-high)
- 3 sweaters (one each of cardigan, pullover and camisole)
- 5 shawls (one is shown in a larger afghan size, too).
Now having written kick-ass books about socks and lace, what will be next for WendyKnits? Perhaps cables and arans (hint hint)?