Yarn magazine issue 41: All laced up

Yarn mag issue 41 front cover

Issue 41 of Yarn magazine came out this month, featuring my article on designing your own lace with a companion project, the leaf and caterpillar scarf (it’s the orange scarf on the cover).  I used the project as the design example in the article.  The scarf was returned to me last week, just in time for autumn.

To my surprise, I quite enjoy knitting lace.  The scarf is about the fifth lace project I’ve designed, but I’m by no means even close to mastering lace.  I came across some mind-blowingly complex lace patterns while I was researching the article, and also some that were so clever and beautiful that I longed to have been the person who designed it.

I wonder whether lace designers know what they want to achieve from the start?  Do they already have The Vision?  Or is the design built as they go along?

For me, I have vague ideas that solidify as I do swatches, however, I find it hard to predict exactly how things will turn out (unlike sewing, when I am pretty certain).


Liz Haywood modelling scarf

Probably the day was too hot to model it. Behind the smile I’m sweating profusely and trying not to breath the mothballs from my coat.


That's better!

That’s better!


  1. Juliet on April 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    That’s beautiful! You are such a clever girl.

    • lizhaywood on April 25, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Thankyou Juliet

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