I have a real soft spot for The Knitter magazine. The patterns are always so beautiful and made with gorgeous yarns. Many of the patterns, I look at and wish that one day I’ll have the time and patience to make them!
So I was really pleased to be asked to work on their special edition ‘Lace Collection’ this summer, which came out last week.
As you can see from the cover, there are all sorts of patterns and features inside, brought together from previous issues of The Knitter. I like to think of these sorts of special issues as the knitting equivalent of a mix tape – a compilation of the best bits!
Now, I have to admit to you that I’m a little bit scared of lace. I love the way it looks and I really want to be good at it, but every attempt I’ve made at lace has ended with frustration and disappointment. So I’m pleased that we’ve included a range of different lace patterns, many of which are simple enough that even I’m not afraid of them!
We divided up the patterns into Cosy lace (for winter), Light lace (for summer), All-seasons lace (for ever), and Quick lace (for knitters like me!).
As well as patterns, we tried to make sure there was plenty to read, so we’ve included some lace yarn reviews, lace news items, lace product reviews, lace book reviews, an interview with the fabulous Susan Crawford, a feature about Shetland lace, profiles of some of the world’s top lace designers, and technical features about how to correct mistakes in lace and how to finish, wash and block your lace.
So it’s a treat for any lace lover, and great for knitters like me who’ve loved lace from afar for years and now want to begin a lasting relationship!