Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Lace knitting patterns - small steps to reach great heights

Andrea Jurgrau's new lace knitting pattern book reaches new heights with basic small steps: knit, purl, and yarnovers. "New Heights in Lace Knitting" knitting magazine features a collection of 17 gorgeous knitting patterns inspired by the seven major summits of mountain climbing and easier treks to train for the big climbs. Beautifully photographed and strategically organized with techniques and bead placement instruction, please have a look at this extraordinary new knitting pattern book.

Andrea celebrates Costa Rica's national rainforest, home to the country's largest population of scarlet macaws, with her Corcovado Mitts knit with sock yarn or lace weight in the appropriate colorways of these majestic birds. (Always swatch to ensue tension or gauge.)

  Her feather and fan lace pattern Machu Picchu Beanie recognizes the Inca Trail, the classic trek to Machu Picchu. The hat pattern is knit from the top down in Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails superwash merino in three different colorways. Each skein about $5.49, 52 yards.

Andrea states that a "fine alternative yarn is a full skein of Tosh Merino Light" in one color. Each skein about $22.00 for 419 yards, can also be used as sock yarn.

The knitting pattern designer has used thirteen different yarns in the preparation of the samples for these lace patterns and offers ideas for different yarn substitutions.

Her "Charlotte Pass Crescent Wrap" uses only one skein of The Fibre Company's Meadow (40% merino, 24% baby lama, 20% silk 15% linen), 549 yds (498 m) in "Pokeweed," now on sale @25% off at Little Knits. This beautiful shawl pattern (triangle scarf) is knit with a US 4 (3.5mm).

Hikers take the Charlotte Pass to reach the base of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's highest peak.

The knitting magazine's collection includes sock patterns, shawl patterns, hat patterns, scarves and cowls, all beautifully photographed and test-knitted for errors. Published by Interweave, "New Heights in Lace Knitting" is available @$18.49 at and on Amazon.

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