Everyday Lace: Simple Sophisticated Knitted Garments by Heather Zoppetti, Interweave, 2014, 144pp.
Everyday Lace includes 18 patterns, ranging from simple accessories to lush, all-over lace sweaters. I counted the following:
- (4) Accessories (headband, wrap, arm warmers, cowl)
- (10) Garments (pullovers, tunics, cardigan, cami, shell, shrug, vest, blouse), sizes roughly ranging from 30-35in to 45-60in
- (2) Socks
- (2) Hats
It’s broken into 3 sections: Warm, Transitional, and Cold, with projects geared towards those temperatures / seasons.
There’s also a nice intro section, Lace Knitting Essentials, including a discussion of tools, reading charts, lifelines, and blocking. Tips are also scattered throughout the different patterns. The Glossary also includes directions for various bind offs, buttonholes, cast ons, and more. Even if you didn’t want to knit many of the patterns (which, given how lovely they are, I don’t feel likely!), I think the concise, clear how-to instructions are very valuable.
The design, layout, and photography of Everyday Lace is gorgeous and romantic, in keeping with the designs and Heather’s style.
Pattern photos clearly highlight the important details.
One of my favorite patterns is the Millersville Blouse.
This would be a great pattern for those who are a bit newer to lace, and just want to do some lace details.
The little gathered flutter sleeves, with the layered lace, are so pretty. I also love the thoughtful woven-stitch top & arm strap border.
This sweater also features flattering waist shaping. It’s sized from 32-52in.
Another favorite pattern are the Millway socks. They’re worked toe-up with a reverse gusset and slipped stitch heel flap.
The lace pattern reminds me of those I’ve seen in some of the Japanese stitch dictionaries; it’s very lovely and intricate-looking. From looking at the chart, though, it’s one of those positive work-to-glory stitch patterns: it looks much more difficult than it actually is.
The pretty picot hem just adds to the romance.
Finally, the Engleside Pullover, with its gorgeous cowl neck and trim, is, I think the highlight of the book. It’s a perfect example of how stunning even a simple lace pattern can be when used well.
It’s a top down raglan underneath that collar.
Though the sweater is styled for the photos with what looks to be dark wash jeans, I’d love to see it with a full skirt. I think it’d be so romantic!
The sweater is sized from 30-48.75in.
Overall, this is a lovely collection of patterns full of valuable tips and tutorials. I highly recommend it.
Are you ready for the scavenger hunt questions? There’s one from Heather (the first) and one that applies to my patterns. Read here about the Scavenger Hunt.
1. What’s the special bind-off used in the Salunga Beret?
2. How many of my fingerless mitts patterns feature a lace cuff worked in the round?
Next stop: PicnicKnits!
By Heather Zoppetti
I received my review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.