This is the swatch I knit at Franklin Habit’s lace knitting class at the Knitting Nest.  His 3 hour workshop promised to go over the fundamentals of lace knitting, lace knitting history plus tips and tricks and while I was skeptical that all this could be accomplished in 3 hours it was and it was wonderful.  And he was even kind enough to show repeat his demonstration of how to make a nupp (kind of like a little bobble in lace knitting) close up for me, since I was sitting kind of far back when he showed us the first time.  They are all the rage these day’s especially after Nancy Bush’s Knitted Lace of Estonia book came out but more on that another time.

The swatch is a lace pattern designed by Franklin to introduce all the basics of lace knitting.  Mine has a couple of mistakes but I didn’t feel a need to correct them for the swatch.  I really like the pattern and probably will knit it up as a scarf eventually but agree with another woman in the class who suggested going up a couple of needle sizes for a lacier look.

I didn’t have my photographer with me so did not take any pictures, but here is a linkto the picture I would have taken (scroll down for a picture of the class- no I’m not in it).  I was feeling pretty pleased with myself for managing listening, following a chart pattern while knitting, nursing and some basic note taking all at the same time until Franklin started his lecture on Orenburg laces by telling us emphatically that the incredible Orenburg lace shawls  were not knit by women with nothing else to do, they arose out of the need for these women to support themselves while caring for the farm, the children etc, while their husbands were away at war.  Well so much for that excuse for not getting much lace knitting done these days.

Speaking of lace knitting:


The lace top I knit for (before baby was born) is up on their webpage!  I was a bit disappointed with my workmanship on this one but they photographed the top beautifully, it looks so nice on the model.   The pattern is #11 from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2007, knit in Canapone: a lovely fingering weight hemp yarn with drape not unlike linen.  It softens up with time and washing.  I personally think I would have preferred a slightly heavier weight yarn for this project to get a little more stitch definition.