The Lace Knitter's Tool Kit

Continuing with our Month of Lace-inspired blog features, this week’s post is all about tools.

If you've been curious about lace knitting, but not sure what you need to get started, we've put together a handy list of materials for you.

1. Lace-weight yarn: While not a strict requirement for knitting lace patterns (you can knit lace with any weight!), lace-weight yarn is commonly used for lightweight, airy pieces. Pictured in Isager Spinni, color 101.

2. Pointy lace-tip needles: The sharp, pointy tips of these needles are a must-have for performing common lace maneuvers like k2tog and ssk. Pictured: Addi Lace Circular Needles (brass).

3. Blocking wires*: After finishing a lace piece, you'll want to block it to open up the lace stitches. The thin blocking wires can be used along straight or curved edges, as they are quite flexible.

4. Brass stitch markers: These locking stitch markers look just like safety pins without the coils. They make keeping track of lace repeats easy, and their thin, unobtrusive nature works well with fine lace yarn.

5. Highlighter tape*: This removable, transparent tape is useful for keeping track of rows in a tricky lace chart.

6. Addi Turbo Rocket Needles: Similar to the brass Addi Lace Circular Needles, these needles also have sharp, pointy tips but are covered in nickel for speedier knitting.

7. T-pins*: Often used in conjunction with blocking wires, T-pins help define scallops and points in lace pieces, as well as hold the blocking wires in place. Fork blocking pins work in the same manner, and are great for creating straight edges.

*Available for purchase in-store only.

Want to learn more about knitting lace? We're offering a basic lace knitting class on Saturday, July 18, that’s a great introduction to lace knitting! Find out more details about the class on our site here.

July 08, 2015 by Oleya Pearsall
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