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New Directions in Lace: Hats

with Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley
New Directions in Lace: Hats
Bring three luscious lace hats off your needles and into your outfits. From confident cast-on to beautiful bind-off, learn to knit lace in the round, shape in pattern and more!

Expand your lace knitting expertise to include elegant, in-the-round projects alongside knitwear designers Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn. Get comfortable reading lace charts and joining in the round to knit the simply chic Spiral Lace Hat from the bottom up. Master Courtney's invisible cast-on and work the Medallion Crown Hat (a beautiful beret) from the top down before binding off in pattern. Knit the True Lace Hat with patterning on every round, and receive tips for modifying the length or circumference of your hats. Plus, discover finishing techniques for weaving in ends securely and blocking your hats for crisp stitch definition. Learn to knit lace in the round and light up your look with these exclusive, alluring accessories. 

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Gauge & Swatching in the Round

  • Meet instructors Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley, longtime knitters, designers and co-proprietors of Kelbourne Woolens. Then dive right into swatching for your hats!


Lesson 2. Spiral Lace Hat Part One

  • The Spiral Lace Hat is a great project for dipping your toes into lace in the round. The stockinette ribbing is an engaging alternative to plain rib, and the short repeating lace pattern is easy to keep track of as you work your way up the hat. Courtney shows you how to read the simple lace chart and get started.


Lesson 3. Spiral Lace Hat Part Two

  • Continue knitting the Spiral Lace Hat as Courtney demonstrates how to switch to larger needles and work the body of the hat. She also explains how to modify the hat for different sizes and how to decrease for the crown.


Lesson 4. Medallion Crown Hat Part One

  • The Medallion Crown Hat is an elegant beret knit from the top down. Begin with Courtney's invisible cast-on using double-pointed needles or magic loop, then add stitches in a leafy lace pattern as you build the crown.


Lesson 5. Medallion Crown Hat Part Two

  • Continue knitting the Medallion Crown Hat, switching to a circular needle if you're using DPNs, and decreasing again before the ribbed brim. Courtney explains how to work from the body chart and manage your markers.


Lesson 6. The True Lace Hat

  • With Kate's help, you're ready to tackle the True Lace Hat! This pattern includes lace stitches on every row of the hat body, not just the odd-numbered rows. Kate shows you how to knit the pattern and discusses ways to modify the size before moving on to shaping the crown. Cast on with Kate and give it a whirl!


Lesson 7. Finishing & Blocking

  • No matter which hat you make, you'll need to weave in your ends and block. Kate and Courtney share tips for making sure all those loose ends are secure and invisible. They share tips for blocking your swatches and your hats, and offer advice on the best way to care for your new favorite accessory.

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