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Heirloom Lace Edgings

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Heirloom Lace Edgings
Add elegance to any project with knitted lace edgings. Designer Franklin Habit guides you through their history and attachment methods and shows how to knit a charming sample.

Whether you’d like to embellish a simple project such as a baby bonnet or tackle an elaborate lace shawl, Franklin Habit makes it doable, not daunting. You’ll learn how lace edgings have been used in the past and how to create your own modern-day heirlooms. Find out how to sew on an edging that you can remove – perfect for embellishing items that wear out – or how to knit edgings on permanently. You’ll even learn how to knit an edging simultaneously with the center of a shawl and practice with a project you can complete in less than an hour. New to lace or a long-time needle-crafter, you're sure to enjoy knitting along with Franklin as he shares his wit and wisdom.

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Lesson 1. A Brief History of Lace Edgings

  • Meet your instructor, Franklin Habit, and jump right into the fascinating history of lace edgings, including early illustrated patterns, uses for lace edgings and the practice of knitting and collecting lace edgings. You'll also learn about the gauges and yarns used in edgings.


Lesson 2. Uses for Lace Edgings

  • When should you add lace edging to a project or purchased item? Franklin goes over a variety of ways you can use them.


Lesson 3. Anatomy of Lace Edgings

  • Franklin explains how lace edgings work and shows you how to read a lace-edging chart. You'll also learn about selvage stitches and get a homework assignment to practice!


Lesson 4. How to Sew On Lace Edgings

  • If you want to embellish hand towels, pillowcases or handkerchiefs, or any item that might wear out, you can sew on lace edging for easy removal later. Franklin shows you how, with a variety of stitch options.


Lesson 5. Introduction to Knitted-On Edgings

  • Some lace edgings are knit-on, either after a project is completed or simultaneously with the project. Franklin introduces some of the uses for these edgings.


Lesson 6. How to Knit On Lace Edgings

  • Franklin walks you through the process of knitting a lace edging onto a project, including picking up stitches and turning corners.


Lesson 7. Introduction to Simultaneous Edgings

  • Simultaneous edgings are knit as you work on your project, which means your project is finished all in one go. Imagine: No more abandoned shawls waiting for you to come back and add their edging!


Lesson 8. How to Knit Simultaneous Lace Edgings

  • Follow along as Franklin walks you through a charming project that incorporates simultaneous edging. You'll be raring to go with any edging project once you're done!

"Franklin Habit is an excellent teacher and this was a really really good class. Since I've read his columns and blog, I figured he'd be funny, which he was, but he was much more than that -- informative, inspiring, made so many lace techniques simple that I was inspired to do a lace edging on a shawlette I was making for my daughter. Finished it in a week -- which would never have happened without Franklin's class."
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