Cables & Lace

In this exhibition we explore two contrasting ways of adding texture and visual interest to a knitted item.

For many knitters the appeal of the craft is that the finished object is both functional and beautiful. Although knitting is essentially different combinations of two stitches - knits and purls - these two stitches can reveal a surprising number of textures and patterns.

These textures are interesting both to the recipient of the final item as well as to the knitter who experiences great satisfaction in creating them.

Cables and lace are two perfect examples of these textures. Cables have the effect of drawing the fabric tighter and creating beatiful rivers of stitches, while lace knitting opens up the fabric using combinations of stitches to create stunning patterns.


Items for this exhibit are drawn from all collections within the Repository of Handknitted Items.