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An Introduction to Crochet Lace Shawls
and Julie Harris


6th - 8th November 2020
Moor Hall

£405

watercoloursandlace.co.uk
 


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.
 

Introduction to Knitted Lace Shawls

Great Escapes are thrilled to welcome Julie for the first
of two weekends with her in 2020. This course is
suitable for knitters who can cast on, knit, purl and cast off, and work basic increases and decreases such as yarnover/yarn forward and knit 2 together. Due to the number of stitches involved in the latter stages of the shawl, you'll need to be able to work on a circular
needle, although you may like to start with straight needles. It will cover various techniques, including:
  • How to work a 'garter stitch tab' - the starting point for many 'top-down' shawl designs
  • How to create holes and decreases that form a lace pattern
  • How increases influence the shape of the shawl
    and how various shawl shapes are created
  • Working from charts or written instructions - Julie's patterns provide both
  • How to work an edging and options for casting off
    to give your shawl a beautiful finished edge
  • Finishing techniques, including blocking, to give your work a professional look
 
You'll have the chance to try the basic techniques for yourself by knitting a mini, doll sized version of one of Julie's designs, using an included 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 haven't worked in finer yards 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 a 100g/400m skein, and prices range from £16 to £24 per skein) for which sizes 3.75mm or 4.00mm needles are recommended.

However, if you already confident in using a 4-ply and would like to try working with 2-ply laceweight, there will be some of that available too (100g/800m skeins from £16 to £24 per skein). For 2-ply, you'll need size 3.25mm or 3.50mm needles. If you would like to purchase circular needles, Julie will also have a small supply available  for sale of the type she recommends for lace knitting.