Last weekend we had the pleasure of taking part in a Rowan lace workshop at Liberty. It was held in their beautiful Heritage Suite just off from the haberdashery and promised to leave us with the knowledge we needed to add basic lace designs to our knitting. Neither of us have tried lace before, but we have both had our eye on some pretty jumpers with bits of lace in them, so we were eager to learn.
We were welcomed in to the class by Melanie who was going to be our teacher for the day. She’s a hugely experienced knitter and teaches a range of Rowan’s classes – they regularly take place in Liberty, but for those not in London they are also held all over the country. We stocked up on coffee and pastries and sat down to learn.
We were working with Rowan’s Kid Silk Haze and Fine Lace yarn together. So lovely to work with!
The class began with a basic introduction to lace and we all cast on ready to get started. Melanie had provided us with a pattern for a lace cuff and it was the perfect size to try out a lace design. We started with the written instructions to work through the lace design and then slowly moved on to trying to follow the chart. At first the chart scared me, but Melanie was completely right that as soon as you get into it it’s so much easier and quicker to work through the design.
Ahh yes and we were treated to afternoon tea, such a nice break from knitting! Classes run from 10.30-4.30 with an hour lunch break and cost £50 per person. There’s a big range of classes from fairisle knitting to steeking – you can see the full schedule of classes at Liberty here! Keep an eye out for our first lace jumpers (if our last ones are anything to go by, they’ll be finished sometime in 2017).
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