Can’t wait to share a new knitting technique to add to your knitting repertoire! Perfecting the delicate lace knitting technique provides fun and a stunning result for you. Also known as “openwork”, once you learn this technique, use it over and over and donate projects to charity or create gifts for friends and family Lace knitting is a balance between increases that create the holes in the knitted fabric and decreases that serve the purpose of maintaining shape in the project. The most common way to form increases and decreases in your fabric is with yarn overs — they also create the best holes. Where do you position yarn overs that make the lacy pattern? Yarn over between two knit stitches or yarn over between two purl stitches. Position a yarn over after a knit stitch and before a purl stitch or after a purl stitch and before a knit stitch. Choose where you want yarn overs and create a pattern with the holes inserted in your knitted fabric. Don’t be afraid to experiment on the placement and ensure the best effect. If you want larger holes, use multiple yarn overs. The additional yarn overs usually get dropped in the next row so that the knitting only increases by one stitch. Regardless of how you form the first yarn over, all subsequent ones get formed the same way. With just a little practice and experimenting, a lacy effect personalizes any knit project or gift. Trying different knitting techniques adds variety to projects that you make repeatedly for charity, and it makes an extra special gift for someone in need.