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Lace wool significantly differs from most yarns in that it creates stunning results with the most intricate detailing. As the name would imply, lace wool is elegantly light and delightfully delicate. Its fineness incorporates a sense of sophisticated grace and unmatched style into any knitting design. Mostly made from natural fibres, it is sensationally soft and lies comfortably, caressing ones skin in a smooth embrace. The airy fabric is ideal for luxurious shawls, dollies, lace trims and a variety of other designs requiring fine textures, finishes and delicate draping.
Although extremely appealing, lace yarn is not entirely ideal for novice knitters. It may be easy to knit with, but because it is so fine, there are a lot of stitches in each garment – typically around 29 per inch. It is also rather difficult to maintain consistent tension when using lace wool, which, with so many stitches per inch, is more important than normal. Consequently, it could possibly take a beginner an awfully long time to complete their chosen lace design and no knitter should be discouraged by their first knitting attempt!
On the other hand, for more experienced knitters, it is a blissful dream to work with. This fine yarn glides through the fingers and produces truly wonderful creations. Often worked into intricate patterns with complex detailing, involving open loops and spaces, this wool truly creates awe-inspiring results that are ideal for spring or light holiday wear. Using lace yarns is still considered therapeutic, regardless of the concentration needed when knitting with it.
Having decided to use this beautiful wool, it is also important to bear in mind that most are made from delicate natural fibres like silk, super kid Mohair or fine Merino wool. Some of these splendid wools can be machine washed, but not all. Therefore, it is essential that you check you’re buying the correct one for the intention of your finished design.
At Black Sheep Wools, we always stock a wonderful selection of lace knitting yarns, and our brilliant collection is regularly updated to reflect the latest fashion trends. Treat yourself and embrace the lace.