The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting: Stitches, Techniques, and Projects for Lighter-than-Air Shawls & More

The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting: Stitches, Techniques, and Projects for Lighter-than-Air Shawls & More

by Elizabeth Lovick


Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


The ethereal beauty and intricacy of Shetland lace knitting might seem beyond the powers of the everyday knitter, but this inspiring gift book demonstrates that the skills needed are within the reach of everyone who can knit, purl, cast on, and bind off.

Elizabeth Lovick's The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting is designed to take the novice knitter from their first "yarn over" through the steps needed to master the more complex patterns. The techniques are introduced with clear step-by-step instructions, charts, and detailed photographs of knitted samples. Aimed primarily at beginners, more experienced knitters will also appreciate the way the book organizes the stitches, allowing for easy substitution of patterns. Those interested in different lace traditions will be excited by the collection of specifically-Shetland stitches.

And as more knitters want to stretch themselves and learn new techniques, this book will be a useful guide aimed at helping these knitters take their first steps in making a Shetland lace project. Included are all the traditional Shetland motifs, patterns, and insertions including Cat's Paw, Candlelight, Horse Shoe, and many more with suggestions for how to work the different stitches into elegant and traditional Shetland Lace accessories such as scarves, hats, and shawls.

Atmospheric photographs taken in the wild Scottish landscape and historical information about the development of Shetland lace are sure to delight all knitters and textile lovers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250039088
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Series: Knit & Crochet
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 506,886
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

ELIZABETH LOVICK has spent many years researching and knitting Shetland lace. A teacher by nature, she enjoys giving knitters the help they need to expand their horizons. She regularly contributes patterns and articles to knitting and spinning magazines in the US and UK. Elizabeth lives in the United Kingdom and frequently travels to the Shetland Isles.

Table of Contents

About this book 6

Why I love Shetland lace 8

Essential techniques 12

Tools and equipment 14

Yarn 16

The basics 18

How to read a chart 23

Edges and seams 24

Picking up stitches 26

Dealing with mistakes 28

Dressing lace 30

Designing Shetland lace 32

Putting motifs together 38

Stitch directory 46

Stitch selector 48

Stitch directory 52

Projects 120

Cobweb shawl 124

Hat and scarf set 126

Shoulder shawl 129

Baby set 132

Lacy mitts 136

Ten-stitch socks 138

Crescent shawl 140

Index 142

Abbreviations 143

Symbols 143

Credits and resources 144

Customer Reviews