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Lace from the Inside Out

Advancing Lace Techniques

with Laura Nelkin
Lace from the Inside Out
Take the knitting journey of a lifetime when you create designer Laura Nelkinís exclusive Life Cycle lace shawl or baby blanket, knit in the round.

Celebrate a new life or a treasured friend with the gift of a stunning lace baby blanket or shawl. Renowned lace designer Laura Nelkin will knit along with you as you create her delicate Life Cycle pattern. She will show you how to master nupps, read lace charts and work this square project in the round. You will work through five beautiful motifs before adding an edging that is a work of art in itself.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Laura and learn more about lace patterns.


Lesson 2. Getting Started

  • Learn about the shawl you'll be making, Life Cycle. Get to know the double-pointed needle cast-on and the magic loop cast-on, then make your choice to get started on your lace knitting!


Lesson 3. Egg Stitch Rounds 1-4

  • Create your egg stitch using double-pointed needles and the magic loop method.


Lesson 4. Egg Stitch Rounds 5-12

  • Continue your egg stitch and review the sections you've just completed.


Lesson 5. Instar & Cocoon Stitches

  • Start on the next sections of your lace with the beautiful instar stitch and cocoon rounds.


Lesson 6. Nymph Stitch

  • Now that you've gone over multiple lace stitches, step up your game with the nymph stitch.


Lesson 7. Imago Stitch

  • Learn the delicate imago stitch so you can add something unique to any of your lace patterns.


Lesson 8. Cyclo Edging

  • Let's talk about edging! Learn about joins and the construction of edgings.


Lesson 9. Finishing Your Piece

  • Learn how to finish your piece with the Kitchener stitch and weaving in the ends. Also learn about soaking and blocking in this finishing lesson.


Lesson 10. Yarn, Gauge & Needles

  • Go back to basics with gauge and needle choice as Laura delves into the best ways to knit your lace.


Lesson 11. Techniques & Tips

  • Finish your lace experience with some techniques and tips, including how to use a lifeline and fix mistakes. Also learn about knitting with beads and working from charts.

"I recommend this class for several reasons: The instructor, Laura Nelken, gives clear directions and has many helpful suggestions for improving my knitting techniques. I have learned the circular cast on, the life line, and a new provisional cast on so far, and I'm only 1/3 of the way through the course and my project. The written directions are also very clear and easy to use. The project is interesting, with varied stitches; I am practicing each stitch enough to become proficient, and then there's a new thing to learn. I have been knitting for almost 50 years but have never done much with lace. I'm glad to be able to add it to my repertoire with this course."
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