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An Introduction to Crochet Lace Shawls
and Julie Harris

6th - 8th November 2020
Moor Hall



This course is suitable for crocheters who can confidently work the basic stitches, ie chain, slip stitch, double crochet, trebles, double trebles and triple trebles. If you’ve mastered the “granny square” and simple repeat patterns and now want to move on to something more challenging, this weekend will help you get there! It will cover various techniques, including:













  • How to start your shawl and how to follow the pattern, working in rows.
  • How to use solid stitches and chains to form a lace pattern.
  • How the placing of increases influence the shape of the shawl and how various shawl shapes are created.
  • How to work an edging and options to give your shawl a beautiful finished edge, including how to add beads.
  • Finishing techniques, including blocking, to give your work a professional look.
You’ll have the chance to try the basic techniques for yourself by working a mini, doll-sized version of one of Julie’s designs, using a sample of her hand-painted natural fibre yarn in pure wool or alpaca, before starting work on a full-sized shawl. You’ll also get a copy of one of Julie’s patterns to work on and take away with you to complete your shawl.

As most people who are new to lace crochet haven’t worked in finer yarns before, DK being the most popular yarn for garments these days, Julie will have a supply of her hand-painted 4-ply yarns available for you to purchase for your shawl, in a choice of fibres and colours (you’ll need two 100g/400m skeins, and prices range from £16 to £24 per skein).

However, if you’re already confident in using 4-ply and would like to try working with 2-ply laceweight, there will be some of that available too (you can make any of Julie’s shawl designs with one 100g/800m skein, priced from £16 to £24 per skein). One design also has options for using two skeins of contrasting colours in a laceweight. For 4-ply Julie recommends a 4.00mm hook and for the 2-ply a 3.50mm hook, but she suggests you bring a range of sizes with you, especially if you tend to crochet more loosely or tighter than average. If you’d like to try beading too, then a very small hook - 0.75mm - 1.00 mm - will be needed. If you would like to purchase crochet hooks, Julie will have a small supply available for sale, as well as a small selection of beads.