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Course Details

Introduction to Knitted
Lace Shawls
with Julie Harris

6th - 8th November 2020
to run alongside Julie's Crochet Lace Shawl class
Gorse Hill



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.