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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Love of Lace Knitting KAL

Today is the official launch of my new Facebook group - Love of Lace Knitting. The aim of my group is to encourage and help knitters improve their lace knitting skills. You don't have to consider yourself to be a lace knitting expert to knit beautiful lace garments and shawls and I'd like to help you improve your confidence and skills.

To celebrate the launch of the group I'm hosting a knitalong (KAL). The shawl may not look particularly easy but if you can knit, purl, cast on and off and you're willing to give it a go, then you can join this KAL. I'll post regular tutorials in the Facebook group to help you through every stage of the shawl from cast on to blocking.

The KAL  starts officially on Monday 31 July 2017 and I'll post tutorials in the Love of Lace Knitting group for how to cast on using the long tail cast on method, how to read the charts and how to knit lace and add beads.

The pattern is Pimlico and it won't be a mystery KAL this time. If you join the group, you'll find a discount code for 40% off the Pimlico pattern. You can buy the pattern and knit it without joining my Facebook group but I'm only giving a discount to group members this time. 

I know some people are not Facebook members and don't particularly want to join Facebook and that's fine. But lots of knitters enjoy spending time on Facebook every day and you can join Facebook and join this group without having to accept lots of friend requests and do all the other Facebook stuff. You choose how much time you spend on social media and how you spend that time. I hope you'll decide to join us in the Love of Lace Knitting group whether you're already Facebook or not.

During August I'll post regular tutorials and live streams to answer your questions and help you along. The KAL will continue to mid-September and then we'll have a prize draw for those who post a finished shawl. If it turns out that several knitters need more time we can extend that.

Now let's talk about the Pimlico shawl. Pimlico is a crescent shawl which is worked from the bottom up. You start by working a wide lace rectangle and then work short rows to shape the shawl. I'll talk you through the short rows in a tutorial too. It's much easier than you think.

I used three balls (150g) of Lang Mille Colori Baby in colourway 88.  Pimlico has beads added with the crochet hook method. I used Debbie Abrahams size 6 seed beads in colour: 337 Lavender. 

You'll also need 4mm (UK8/US6) needles. I recommend circular needles (80cm long) as you'll start with a lot of stitches but you can use straight needles if preferred. You'll need 0.75mm crochet hook (or smaller) for adding beads.

You can purchase the pattern here and you can pre-order the kits here. Pre-orders will close by midnight Sunday 30 July and I will order the kits the next day and ship them as soon as they arrive (hopefully within a week). For 40% off the pattern, join the Love of Lace Knitting Facebook group to get the coupon code (see the Pimlico KAL details here).

The kits include the yarn, beads and a pdf version of the Pimlico pattern. You can find the kits here.

Please share photos on social media as you knit Pimlico. If you're on Instagram please use the hashtag #loveoflaceknittingKAL so that we can all see your photos.

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