An Introduction to Lace Knitting


Create a sampler to learn the basics of ethereal, lacy knitting.

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Date: October 8, 2022 (1/2 day)

9 am – 12 pm CST

Skill Level: Know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl.  Knowing basic increases and decreases helpful, but not required; age 12 & up

Class Registration Fee:  Early Bird – by September 16, 2022: $40.00

After September 16, 2022: $45.00

Have you always loved the look of knitted lace items but been afraid to make them because they intimidated you?  Lace knitting is easier than you think once you know some of the tips and tricks.  In this class, students will learn:

  • The composition of knitted lace
  • Some basic knitted lace stitches
  • How to read a lace chart
  • Lace knitting tips and tricks
  • How to make a lace sampler

Students need to bring the following supplies:

  • 1 skein of worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn)
  • Straight or circular needles in a size appropriate for your yarn (usually in the size 7 – 9 range).  Not double pointed.
  • Paper for taking notes
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Stitch markers appropriate for your needles
  • Usual knitting supplies

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class): n/a

Mary Jo Harris lives in the knitting mecca of Madison, WI.  She has been a teacher all of her adult life and has formally taught knitting for the last 10 years at various Sheep and Wool Festivals, Fiber Festivals, Knit-In’s, Madison College, and the Wisconsin Craft Market. For the past 7 years, she has included Chair Caning classes in her teaching repertoire and has taught local classes in addition to classes at the WI Sheep and Wool Festival, Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, Shepherd’s Harvest (in Minnesota), Missouri Fiber Retreat, and Michigan Fiber Festival.

Under her designer name of Jo Harris, Mary Jo designs knitting patterns and has written a book entitled ‘Double Knitting – Inside Out’ which is available through Amazon or Ravelry.  An active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters’ Guild and a former employee of the Wisconsin Craft Market, Mary Jo has an almost constant opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting-related.  She’s willing to ‘talk chair caning’ whenever and wherever she can too!