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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Easy Lace Collection is published

Yesterday morning I uploaded the finished version of The Easy Lace Collection e-book. Yay. I'm so happy! I started this project at the beginning of the year. Originally it was just going to be a collection of small lace patterns that could be knitted in one skein of sock yarn. As the projects developed I realised that they weren't quite as easy as I had planned and beginner lace knitters might need something extra. So I started working on a 'how to' section.

The 'how to' section is very comprehensive and covers topics such as yarn overs, directional decreases (k2tog, ssk, sk2po), how to read charts, how to use lifelines and stitch markers, how to knit top down triangular and hem up triangular shawls, how to knit half-hexagon shawls (although there are no half-hexagon shawls in this book, The Frosty Diamonds Shawlette is a triangular/half-hexagon shawl hybrid), how to add beads using a crochet hook and two different types of provisional cast ons (crochet chain cast on and invisible cast on). I've included lots of close up photos. I've used my extensive experience from teaching my Easy Lace workshops for the last 3 years when I wrote up the how to section.

There are also schematics for all the shawlettes and the scarf showing cast on, cast off, direction of knitting and increase/decrease lines if appropriate.

The book is 34 pages long. Originally I planned this as an e-book and then I decided to look into having it printed so I could sell it at shows and maybe to yarn shops. I ordered the print copies yesterday and they should be here tomorrow. I've listed print copies on the website. If you order a print copy, you'll also be able to download a pdf version of the e-book. Why would you want a pdf file too? Well, you may want to print off individual patterns to keep in your project bag to avoid having to carry your book around.

If you've already bought the e-book, you can upgrade to the printed book if you e-mail me. I'll send you a Paypal invoice for £2 (difference in price between print book and e-book) plus postage which is £1.96 for the UK, £2.39 for Europe and £3.96 for the rest of the world (which is the same as what you would pay in postage of you ordered 2 skeins of yarn). The print copies will be posted from Friday.

If you're going to Fibre Fest this weekend, you can buy a copy from our stall. 

All the individual patterns are or will be for sale individually too. I've uploaded the e-book to Patternfish too but it's not gone live yet. Those who've won a copy of the e-book, I will contact you tonight or tomorrow, I promise. Life has just been very hectic recently.


Alyssa said...

Congratulations! So excited for you :) It's been fun to see the decisions you made in developing this collection and to take part in that (somewhat!) - and, all the patterns look like something I would knit! That's rare!

Ann said...

Congratulations. It looks like an amazing book.

Dori said...

Congratulations on finally getting it all put together! I'm really looking forward to getting started on these patterns.