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Wendy Knits Lace Week: On Pace for Lace


She taught you everything you needed to know about toe-up socks. Now, Wendy D. Johnson brings her expertise and demystifying powers to a new topic: lace. We’re so excited about her new book, Wendy Knits Lace, that we’re featuring a series of three posts written by the master herself! Wendy begins the series by offering tips and tricks to incorporate lace into your wardrobe as the temperature drops. Now’s the perfect time to get started on these gorgeous summer-to-fall accessories.

Fall Forecast: On Pace for Lace! by Wendy D. Johnson

As I write this on a sweltering August day the forecast is for temperatures and humidity in the high 90s. But hard as it is to believe, fall will be here before we know it. Soon it will be time for me to pack away the sleeveless dresses and tops and pull out all my lovely hand knit sweaters.

While fall is my favorite season, it can be problematic where wardrobe is concerned. I often have trouble figuring out how to dress for the day in early fall: there is a definite chill in the air when I leave the house in the morning, but I know that by afternoon I’ll be sorry I wore that jacket.

Lace to the rescue! My new book, Wendy Knits Lace, has some pieces that will be great for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall and beyond.

Instead of grabbing a jacket on your way out the door, consider a lovely lace shawl for outerwear. My Two-Thirds Shawl is a perfect light wrap.

Two-Thirds Shawl:

The shaping ensures that it will stay on your shoulders, and this fingering weight yarn makes it light and airy so it provides a bit of warmth without weight. Bonus: you can fold it up and stow in your tote for the trip home in the afternoon warmth.

How about a dainty smoke ring to keep the chill off your neck?

Light as a Feather Smoke Ring:

I like the Light as a Feather Smoke Ring, not only because it provides a bit of warmth, but also because it adds a pop of color to my all-too-frequent uniform of white shirt and black pants. Bonus: it knits up quickly so you can make several in different colors for more variety.

Have you spent all summer happily bare-legged and are not quite ready to pull out your winter tights? Kneesocks paired with a cute plaid skirt add up for a great look for fall, and I’ve got you covered with my Vintage Kneesocks.

Vintage Kneesocks:

Bonus: Worked in white or cream, they will go with any outfit.

These are just a few suggestions for ways to “lace up” your wardrobe for fall. I’m sure that you’ll find many go-to wardrobe essentials in Wendy Knits Lace. Bonus: not only will they stretch your wardrobe, but they’re also fun to knit!

– Wendy D. Johnson

Check out more lovely lace projects in Wendy Knits Lace, read more about her current projects on her blog Wendy Knits, and check out the next two posts in the series: “To Variegate or Not to Variegate?” and “When Is a Lace Sweater Not a Lace Sweater?”



Janice August 21st, 2011

I’m sooo excited about your new lace book Wendy.I’ve been following you for many years and I’m very happy for you and your accomplishments.
Congratulations!!! Now go and help Lucy block some lace!

Patricia Dixon August 21st, 2011

Your Lace book is so very beautiful I love to win a copy.

Denise8 August 21st, 2011

Looks like your book’s packed full of lovely, fun knitting.

Your blog readers get a bonus today — two posts! Thanks.

Vivian Davis August 22nd, 2011

Beautiful lace! I love the shawl. Why is it called Two-Thirds Shawl?

Nic September 29th, 2011

Beautiful!! I would love to have/make the shawl.

Nancy Blocker September 29th, 2011

Wendy, I look forward to knitting some of your lace projects. so pretty.



About the Book
Wendy Knits Lace
Essential Techniques and Patterns for Irresistible Everyday Lace
Written by Wendy D. Johnson
Category: Crafts & Hobbies – Knitting
Format: Paperback, 144 pages
On Sale: August 23, 2011
Price: $22.99
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