Knitted lace edgings, long having been a way to add beauty to garments, linens, and knitted shawls, are amazingly beautiful and diverse in their size, structure, and appearance. Aside from the traditional applications however, edgings don’t have to be fussy. Approaching them as an sideways add-on to an already sideways-knit piece makes it all so much easier. All it takes is a bit of planning.
In this workshop, we consider how and why you might choose to use an edging to beautify an already interesting shape, which could be symmetrical or not. We identify shapes and silhouettes that are particularly suited to this purpose.
This kind of design is the perfect first design to attempt, with very little math involved.
As simple as it can be, more complexity can be added if desired in the way of stitch treatments or added border elements.
This class offers a template that can be used again and again for endless design ideas. Included is a shawl design, Wild Betta, that features a wildly imaginative edging.
Skill Level: Intermediate Skill Level. Skills required: casting on, binding off, knitting, purling, basic lace stitches including increases, decreases, and yarn overs. You must be comfortable with reading knitting charts for this class.
Materials Fee: $15. Please bring cash or check made out to BARN.
What to Bring to Class: Yarn:
- 400-800 yards fingering weight yarn for small (large) class shawl project.
- Suggested but optional: Small amounts of yarn in various colors for swatching.
- Size 5 US / 3.75 mm circular needle, 24” or 32" long, or size to obtain a pleasing lace fabric.
Optional: One or more charted stitch dictionaries; If beads are desired, at least 300 size 6/0 seed beads, preferably Japanese for the bigger inner hole; Crochet hook, 0.75 mm (14 U.S) for beads
- Stitch markers in 2 colors;
- Graph paper;
- Pencils and a good eraser;
- Highlighter tape, post it notes, or magnetic chartkeeper for keeping track of your place on a chart;
- Usual kit of notions such as yarn needle, scissors, tape measure, etc.
Age Level: This class is open to ages 14+
INSTRUCTOR BIO: Sivia Harding has worked with fiber and art since she can remember. Obsessed since youth, by adulthood she had dabbled in weaving, spinning, and dyeing among other activities, and came to knitting in the year 2000. Almost immediately, she began to design. She is known mainly for her exceptional lace and bead designs. Her patterns also include accessories, garments, and imaginative Moebius creations. She has been widely published in books and collections, including Jared Flood’s Wool People series, online magazines such as Twist Collective and Knitty, and on Ravelry as Sivia Harding Knit Design. She has been teaching at larger venues since 2009.