87 thoughts on “Learn to Knit Lace, Parts 1-5

  1. i heard some where that you need special pins for blocking, sewing pins wont work because they rust? how true is this? where do i find blocking pins if i cant use sewing pins? my craft store doesnt seem to have anything but sewing pins.

  2. @gekapoo I just use normal sewing pins, and I've never had a problem with the garment being wet enough (for long enough) to rust the pins. I've been using the same pins for years, and never a hint of rust. There is no need to buy special blocking pins.

  3. @sunithamallesh3 I have lots of video tutorials available, including Learn to Knit Socks, Learn to Knit Your First Cap, Learn to Knit Sweaters (both for women and babies). Visit my channel page for links to all of the available tutorials.

  4. Lots of information. I especially liked the 'lifeline' in case of a dropped stitch. Such a simple idea but very affective. Subscribed! (beautiful nails btw)

  5. thank you for this detailed tutorial, I'm a beginner so I'm wondering if it is alright if I use straight needles instead of circular ones?

  6. @kayliemelissa All of the information you need to complete this scarf (including cast-on number) are available in the written pattern. Just follow the link below the video in the video description field to purchase and instantly download the pattern. This video is made to accompany the written pattern.

  7. Excellent tutorial, as usual! I love all your tutorials, and although I've been knitting for ages I've learnt a lot with you. Thank you!
    I was just wondering if the pattern for that lovely red shawl is available on your website. I looked it up but couldn't find it. I'd love to knit that!

  8. The red (it's actually pink) shawl I show in the video isn't my pattern – it's called Ishbel, and you can find it on Ravelry!

  9. If you are comfortable with casting-on, knitting, purling, and binding-off – this tutorial is probably a good pattern for you to try. If you'd like to work on something easier first, you may want to try my tutorial called "Learn to Knit Your First Cap". That is a good project for someone who knows how to knit and purl, but still needs practice before tackling something more difficult. You can search for this tutorial on my channel page. Good luck!

  10. Hi Staci. What are the dimensions of your blocking board? Can it fold in half? Can you give the exact name and place from where you bought it? Thank you.

  11. The grid on my blocking board is 30 x 48", and yes – it folds in half, with handles. It's quite heavy, and it would be really cumbersome otherwise! I don't know the exact location of where I bought it. I got it from an eBay store that sells many of these. If you're shopping for one, I recommend getting one this size. It's big enough for an adult sweater, which is important.

  12. The needles I use most often are Addi Turbos. They are sold at many retailers – you can just google the name to see where to find them. Good luck!

  13. Working this stitch combination should give you the zig-zag pattern. Maybe you just haven't knit enough yet to see the zig-zags? Or it's possible that your stitches are very loose, so the pattern is difficult to see? Try applying some steam and stretching out the lace (as I demonstrate in the video) to see if that helps. You're also welcome to send me a photo to my email address to get more advice. (Sorry, YouTube won't let me give you my email here in the comments. Just visit my website.)

  14. Hi!
    This pattern is beautiful 🙂 I am dying to try it but I was just wondering is circular needles necessary for it? I broke mine unfortunately and I only have straight needles.
    Thank you for this lovely tutorial and hopefully you will get the chance to respond to my question 🙂

  15. Thank you so much for replying so quickly! Much appreciated!
    Your videos are fantastic by the way!
    I cant wait to try this one!

  16. Great videos as always, and great tips.
    Instead of using a row counter, I just tally my rows (including WS) as I complete them. For myself, I always have a notebook with my knitting with the pattern I'm working on (I can't print out patterns).

  17. Cool! I've only been looking at the written instructions for this stuff and didn't have a clue as to the whole yarn over thing.

    Quick question though: Do you have to block after every wash with less temperamental yarns like polyester or cotton or at all really?

  18. I don't recommend knitting this pattern (or any lace pattern) with any fiber except wool or another animal fiber. Knitting this with cotton or a synthetic yarn would result in a scarf that showed little or no lace pattern! Using wool allows you to stretch it out when it's wet, revealing the lace pattern.

  19. Hi, this is beautiful, – can you tell me please is 'yarn over' the same direction as 'one over' in the pattern I have?

    Thank you your tutorial is great!

  20. I can't answer your question for certain, as "one over" is not a knitting term that I'm familiar with. I recommend contacting the pattern designer and asking them if "one over" is the same as a "yarn over". Good luck!

  21. Thank you for your very quick response, I have never heard the term either, although I have been knitting for many years! Unfortunately, as this pattern is in an old book (bought at a yard sale) I am unable to ask the designer. Maybe I will just try 'yarn over' and see what I get!
    Thank you again for your reply

  22. Your videos are so helpful! Thank you very much! I've watched your website as well, but I can't find the pattern for the other more complicated shawl that you showed in this video. Could you please let me know if you have any video or pattern on your website? Thanks very much again! 🙂

  23. That pattern is called Ishbel, and is not my design. I have added a link to the Ravelry page for that pattern in the video description field, just below the video. Hope that helps!

  24. My sister has a lot of knitting books published in Chinesse, they all have charts with cross, dashes and X. I don't understand the charts. Thank you for explaining.

  25. Hi mines doesnt look like this, still looks pretty but instead of a zig zag effect with the yarn overs these are sitting on top of one another like a ladder, where have I gone wrong?

  26. If you're following the written pattern, you should get a zig-zag pattern. The pattern in lace oftentimes doesn't show up well until after you've finished the item, then washed it, and set it out flat to dry. My guess is that you'll be able to see the pattern better after the scarf is washed and blocked. Hope that helps!

  27. It really depends on what the designer of the pattern has designated the gray boxes to be – you'll need to look at the chart key for a good answer. Most designers (myself included) use gray boxes to indicate "no stitch". In other words, a spot on the chart where there used to be a stitch, but a decrease in a previous row has eliminated that stitch. Hope that helps!

  28. All of the details you need to knit this pattern (including cast-on number) are available in the written pattern. The pattern is available for purchase and instant download, just follow the link just below the video in the video description field. Good luck!

  29. All of the information about needle size, yarn, gauge, etc is available by following the link to my website in the video description field, just below the video. This lace scarf uses size 7 US needles, and 100 grams of sock yarn.

  30. All of the details you need to knit this pattern (including cast-on number) are available in the written pattern. The pattern is available for purchase and instant download, just follow the link just below the video in the video description field. Good luck!

  31. You can get links to most everything you'll see in my videos on the FAQ page of my website. I can't give you a link for the green row counter here in the comments, but they are available on Amazon. Just search for "Clover Knitting Stitch Counter Mini Kacha-Kacha", and you'll see it. 🙂

  32. The scarf on the mannequin is the Clapotis pattern. I've just added a link to the pattern in the video description field, just below the video.

  33. You're such a great teacher!  Thank you for sharing the "life line" tip.  I will be using that in my own projects from now on.

  34. More videos please!!!  I really enjoy your knitting tutorials!!  These tutorials are so helpful and are the best ones I have seen on YouTube!!!

  35. @VeryPink Knits excellent tutorial !!!  the lifeline technique is one that I had never come across before (as a beginner) but one that makes a lot of sense to use … thanks again Stacy for all of your hard work that goes into these videos

  36. Thank you so much.You're such a great teacher.I was looking for  a new pattern  to knit a scarf for my niece.I'll use this pretty pattern for many scarves to knit in future.

  37. What was the number of stitches or originally cast on? It was nice to see an example of how to read those goofy charts, never have thought that was very user friendly way to track. Might rethink that now.

  38. Hello,

    Thank ou for the excellent video!

    Any alternatives to the blocking board you are using?  They are very difficult to find. Could I use a sewing cardboard cutting board or a sewing mat?

  39. I have some questions? What is the best weight of yarn to work with for lace? What sizes of needles are good to work with for lace? Then what type of needles is good to work with? Thank you in advance.

  40. I'm new at lace knitting but would like to knit a lace shawl that starts in the round. I am using the pinhole cast on for 8 stitches which uses a crochet hook. I then knit the first round on dpns before starting the pattern. The center appears to form a bubble on the right side.
    Another issue is that the first round after cast on is K, yo to end ending with a total of 16 stitches. This means a yo at the end of each dpn. How to anchor the yo as I try to k the first stitch on the next dpn? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  41. Hi Stacey, thank you for sharing this video tutorial on lace knitting. I will start soon with this pattern as i like it very much , yet i also like the pattern on the red shawl . What is the name for that pattern on the red shawl? Thank you very much . aurora b

  42. Hi Staci, I have a doubt, in the Row 2 said: 3K, P to the Last 3 stitches, here is my doubt, how purl an "Yard over stitch"? because in the Row 3 i lost the 43 stitches That would be in the pattern. Thanks sorry for my english haha

  43. Hi! I am watching a lot of your videos – they are so easy to understand and informational! I wanted to ask a question about interchangeable circular needles – I noticed that you sometimes use Addi. Do you have preference between AddiClick Lace (the pointier, nickel plated one) and AddiClick Turbo (or Basic – the round, nickel plated one), if you have used both? Do you find it easier to knit things like k2to with the lace point, or do you feel that the regular one is fine for most knitting? Thank you!

  44. Ive been glued to your videos. You are detailed and have a mesmerising voice. I dont know if i will ever knit that intricately, but i watch you as opposed to netflix. Thank you for sharing.

  45. I love your videos! I have a question, I notice that your “yarn overs” go under the needle. I was taught when I was very young to do yarn overs so the yarn goes over the top of the right hand needle. Does it make a difference I wonder? Is the hole perhaps going to be larger as there is slightly more yarn used over the needle then when it is put under the needle? Hope you can make sense of this question, it really is a visual thing.

  46. Oh sorry, my other question was, do you mark down in the pattern where you place the lifeline? For example, if the pattern is complex, I might put one in every certain row in the pattern? And then I would mark the pattern where it was, so that if I did have to frog back to the lifeline at least I would know where I was starting back from? I have never used lifelines before, but it looks like a wonderful idea, as I have had to pull out patterns way back in order to correct one mistake, but then to find my place in the pattern also to begin correctly again. Sometimes, it’s really hard to tell on some patterns although I try to count how many rows I am taking out so I will know how far back I went, but mistakes can get made! <g>

  47. I use a lifeline sometimes and I write down which row my lifeline is on. I get confused some of the time 🙂 I also pick a row and use the same row every time.

  48. Can't yarn overs be purlwise or knitwise? How do we know which to do in any given pattern and which is it here?

  49. You are one of the BEST knitting video maker. You so good in teaching and helping ppl to learn. I love your site 😍😍

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