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The general term used to cover eyelets, faggoting and lace is lace knitting. These form categories on their own, but many stitch patterns overlap between two or even three of them.

Eyelets are single holes worked in rows or in groups on a background of stockinette (stocking) stitch; for example, a drawstring can be threaded through a row of eyelets with three or four stitches between them.

Knitted faggoting is the same term as that used in embroideiy and describes a line of horizontal or vertical holes, next to each other and separated by a few strands of thread. It is often used as an open insertion around a hem or cuff. All-over faggoting forms a net or mesh.

Lace is the most open variation where the holes and decreases are arranged to form patterns. A lace stitch pattern can be repeated as an all-over fabric or worked as an insertion on stockinette (stocking) stitch. The stitch and row repeat can vary from simple patterns of less than ten stitches and two rows up to complex patterns of 20 or 30 stitches and as many rows.

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Knit a trio of lace sachets to hold pot pourri or lavender and practise three lace stitch patterns.

The lace bags are knitted in a sport (4ply) mercerized cotton yarn on size 2 (3mm/UKI I) needles. See page 143 for the patterns.

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KNIT SOMETHING NOW!

Knit a trio of lace sachets to hold pot pourri or lavender and practise three lace stitch patterns.

The lace bags are knitted in a sport (4ply) mercerized cotton yarn on size 2 (3mm/UKI I) needles. See page 143 for the patterns.

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The holes in lace knitting are made by working a yarn over. This _I

makes (increases) a stitch so it has to be accompanied by a decrease. —

The way you work a yarn over depends on the stitches either side of it. In patterns, where yarn over (yo) is given, you decide which yarn over method to use. Some patterns will tell you which one to use. Q

Working a yarn over O

Between two knit stitches Between two purl stitches ^

(k I, yo, k I) or (k I, yfwd, k I) (p I, yo, p I) or (p I, yrn, p I)

Bring the yarn forward (yfwd or yf) between the two needles. Knit the next stitch, taking the yarn over the right needle.

Take the yarn back over the right-hand needle and forward between the needles to bring yarn round needle (yrn). Purl the next stitch.

Between knit and purl stitches (k I, yo, p I) or (k I, yfm, p I)

Between purl and knit stitches (p I, yo, k I) or (p I, yon, k I)

Bring the yarn forward between the two needles, take it back over the right-hand needle and forward again between the two needles - yarn forward and round needle (yfrn). Purl the next stitch.

Take the yarn back over the right-hand needle - yarn over needle (yon). Knit the next stitch.

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