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Simplify and Demistify
Yarn Over in Lace
Kara Gott Warner.

In this third and final Learn-a-Stitch Workshop Series, I will make you fall in love with lace! You only need to know a few basic stitches that you may already be familiar with, so grab some needles, some pretty yarn, and let’s get going.

In this lesson you'll get a Scroll Lace pattern to practice your skills, and later on we'll talk about how to assemble your squares to make a lap blanket, scarf or tote bag.

I want to first break this down into the simplest of terms. Lace and openwork knitting involves some very basic increasing and decreasing stitches. Once you understand how to work these within your pattern, you’ll be on your way to working a variety of lace and openwork patterns. In this lesson, I’ll show you how to work a simple “Scroll Lace” pattern. I use this same pattern in my Mix & Match Knit Sampler class.

Lace vs. Openwork—Hey, What’s the Difference?

Lace and openwork knitting are really one in the same. The word “lace” implies tradition, history and elegance, while openwork feels hip, modern and minimal. I personally opt for the latter, but I’ll leave it up to your own style.

Generally, openwork includes more simple methods such as allover eyelets, while traditional lace can become quite intricate involving multiple lace knitting techniques.

There are four basic stitches you need to know to make lace -- one increase and three decreases.

A yarn over(abbreviated yo) is considered an increase and creates a new “stitch.” Here’s how to work a yarn over:

Bring yarn to front and over top of right knitting needle. Knit the next stitch.

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