Knitters seem to love Japanese lace patterns, many of which are adapted from traditional European sources. In this class, we’ll swatch a couple of lace stitches that I’ve selected from Japanese designs. We’ll look at what might be considered typically “Japanese” about a lace stitch. We’ll also cover some tips on interpreting charted lace patterns, as well as variations (and pitfalls) you might encounter. These stitches are drawn from sources other than the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible, but what you learn will be applicable. You should have some experience with knitting lace, and you must be comfortable working from charts.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; beginner lace; chart reading; have knit a few accessories; short rows; must be comfortable knitting from stitch pattern charts.
Small amounts of yarn for swatching; I suggest fingering to sport weight (rather than fine lace weight), and needles a size or two larger than you would normally use with the yarn (suggested: US 3 to 7). At least one set of needles should be DPNs.