Lace Knitting Classes with Brooke Nico

by Craig on February 9, 2014

Knitwear designer Brooke Nico returns to Loop on Saturday, March 8 to teach us more about lace knitting. We had a wonderful time when she was here last year – and learned so much. I’m really looking forward to her classes, and I hope you can join us!

lovely-knitted-lace

Brooke’s visit comes just days after the release of her new book, Lovely Knitted Lace: A Geometric Approach to Gorgeous Wearables! We’ll have copies here or bring your own for Brooke to sign.

FIXING MISTAKES IN LACE KNITTING
$60 – 10am to 1pm, Saturday, March 8

Everyone who knits lace does it eventually, while working a lace shawl you discover a mistake several rows back. If you’ve inserted a life line, you can rip back safely, but what if you don’t have a life line, or what if you don’t want to rip out all 100+ stitches simply to repair some of them?

In this class, we will discuss how to fix mistakes big and small in your lace knitting. We’ll practicing laddering up stitches in pattern using a crochet hook. We’ll also learn how to rip out a repeat of 10+ stitches, leaving the rest intact and re-knitting only those stitches.

Advanced Level, must be comfortable with lace knitting.

Materials: crochet hook, DPNs size 4 or 5, stitch markers, homework to be assigned prior to class.

Homework:
Make 2 swatches, each with smooth, light colored wool (fingering or sport weight) and needles size 5, 6 or 7,

Swatch 1: cast on 35 stitches. Purl 1 wrong side row.
Row 1: k4, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k6* repeat between *’s across, end last repeat k4
Row 2 and all wrong side rows: purl across
Row 3: k3, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k4* repeat between *’s across, end last repeat k3
Row 5: k2, *(k2 tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k2* repeat between *’s across.
Row 7: k1 *(k2tog, yo) twice, k3, (yo, ssk) twice* repeat between *’s across, k1.
Repeat rows 1-8 twice. Do not bind off.

Swatch 2: cast on 30 stitches. Purl 1 wrong side row.
Row 1: k6, k2tog, yo, k14, yo, ssk, k6
Row 2 and all wrong side rows: purl across
Row 3: k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k10, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5
Row 5: k4, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k8, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k4
Row 7: k3, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k8, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k3
Row 9: k2, k2tog, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k2
Row 11: k2, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k2
Row 13: k2, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k2
Row 15: k2, yo, k4, yo, sk2p, yo, k8, yo, sk2p, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k2
Purl back, do not bind off.

DESIGN YOUR OWN TRIANGLE LACE SHAWL
$60 – 2 to 5pm, Saturday, March 8

In this class, you will learn the ins and outs of designing with lace patterns. We will discuss several ways of shaping a simple triangle shawl. We will also learn how to graph out a lace pattern in the body of the shawl, adding repeats in the most effective and aesthetic way as the shawl grows.

Intermediate level, must be familiar with basic lace knitting, including yo’s and decreases.

Materials: smooth, light colored wool (fingering or sport weight), size 5, 6, or 7 needles, pencil, paper. Optional, your favorite lace stitchionary.

SIGN UP TODAY!
Brooke’s classes sold out quickly last year, so please sign up early so you don’t miss out! Just stop in the shop or call us at 215-893-9939. The class fees will be refunded if class is canceled; otherwise, we’re unable to refund fees, so please be sure you can make it. Thanks!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Alice Bet March 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Hello, is there a mistake in the Brooke Nico homework requirements?
I think Swatch 2, Row 15 is missing a k2tog. Should it read…Row 15: k2, k2tog, etc?

Jana Moore March 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Hi, all.

I’m taking the “Fixing Mistakes” class. In the second swatch, the stitch total is 29, not 30, on the final row. I realize she’s asking us to incorporate errors, but not sure about this. (Perhaps the middle stretch should be K9, not K8.)

Jana

Craig March 6, 2014 at 9:37 am

I’m not sure about the last row. Please finish it as best you can and we’ll talk about it in class. Thanks!

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