In the many and varied classes I have taught over the years, my objectives have always been the same –
• To make the knitting technicalities interesting.
• To provide a route to creative design.
I have achieved these goals by providing clear and comprehensive examples for students to work through, so they gain a full understanding of the structure of pattern, fabric and design.
My Openwork & Lace class is a typical example. I provided worksheets with charted patterns of each knitted sample, starting from basic openwork, and then through a logical sequence of variations to complex lace.
The world around me provides infinite inspiration for openwork patterns. Here are just three examples from close to home –
• The Birdsfoot Scarf – from trails made by birds in the sand.
• The Seaweed Scarf – from weed covering the shoreline rocks.
• The Driftnet Scarf – from traditional Hebridean fishing nets.