MASTERCLASS: Introduction to Knitted Lace Shawls with Julie Harris of Watercolours & Lace
Ideal for those with a basic knowledge of knitting, this workshop will teach you how to produce a simple top-down knitted lace shawl. You just need to know how to cast on, knit and purl, work basic increases and decreases, and cast off. You’ll learn how to work a ‘garter stitch tab’ (the starting point for many shawl designs); how to create the holes and decreases that form a lace pattern; how increases influence the shape of the shawl; how to work an edging; and options for casting off to give your shawl a beautiful finished edge.
Don’t forget to bring along your own knitting needles (4.00mm needles recommended, either straights or circulars). Needles can be purchased at the Watercolours & Lace stand, where required. All other materials provided.
About Julie Harris
Julie Harris is a knitwear designer and botanical artist, who has been knitting for over 50 years. Since starting her business in 2012, she has published over 20 knit and crochet designs for shawls, garments and accessories using traditional stitch patterns such as Shetland Lace, Fair Isle, Cable and Gansey stitches. These vary in complexity from simple designs ideal for beginners, to more complex patterns in fine yarns. Julie is also an indie dyer, and to complement her designs she produces hand-painted yarns and threads in luxurious natural fibres under the brand name Watercolours & Lace. These are available in an ever-changing palette of over 400 colourways, inspired by flowers and the landscape surrounding her home in the Norfolk countryside. You can find more details about her yarn range on her website at www.watercoloursandlace.co.uk and her designs are available to download here.