Lace Style: Traditional to Innovative, 21 Inspired Designs to Knit by Pam Allen & Ann Budd
I haven't knit a ton of lace, but what I have done turned out to be easier than I had anticipated. I think I expected that it would have to be really difficult because it looks so cool. I've also thought that the patterns in Interweave Knits tend to be a bit beyond my usual commitment level, but those in this book seem really doable. Vicki Square designed The Point About Cuffs, which is a pattern for a pair of cuffs to wear under a jacket. The lace stitch pattern looks incredibly easy to remember and I think these would be a really nice addition to a winter outfit. They'd also help add a feminine touch to a plain jacket. Kathy Zimmerman's Katharine Hepburn Cardigan pairs lace with cables, making this a project I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to, but the retro styling is extremely attractive (I don't care for the cropped version but the regular version is very nice) and I'm a big fan of three-quarter sleeves. I love to make hats and Mona Schmidt's Peek-A-Boo Cloche looks like a nice break from the usual. It also uses a technique - "layering a decorative lace pattern over dense stockinette stitch" - that looks like a manageable challenge. The styling is really flattering and I think this might be the first project here I try. This book also includes a rather sizable Design Notebook with a wealth of instructions, tips and troubleshooting info.