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. You can scroll down and see some lace examples from this class.
The Sulaire and Cluaran Video Class Kits continue my openwork teaching online. These projects take you through from beginner to intermediate level while making two beautiful openwork shawls.
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.