Basic Lace Techniques

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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Last Updated: Sunday, July 29, 2012

Our very own Jeanne stars in this knitting instructional video demonstrating basic lace techniques. We hope you enjoy it!

Basic Lace Technique

Lace is simpler than you think! When we create lace we are purposely adding holes to our knitting to form a pattern.

Jeanne demonstrates a very basic lace technique, *YO K2tog* that creates a lovely open and balanced mesh when repeated every row. By balanced we mean that the number of stitches on the needle never changes, each decrease (the K2tog) is accompanied by an increase (the YO).

Jeanne's swatch is created by casting on an even number of stitches, knitting 2 edge stitches on each side and repeating *YO K2tog* inside those edge stitches on every row.

YO means to Yarn Over. This is also called YF or Yarn Forward in some patterns. To make a YO when the next stitch to be worked will be a knit stitch (as it is in this pattern), simply bring the working yarn to the front of the work. You will do this just like you would do if you were going to purl but instead of purling we will knit from this position which will take our working yarn over the needles creating our yarn over.

K2tog means to knit 2 together just as if you were knitting 1 stitch.

Cast on an even number of stitches. The stitch count never changes.

  • Row 1: K2 (these are the edge stitches.), *YO K2tog* to last 2 stitches, K2

  • Row 2: repeat row 1

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