Crochet lace patterns can render beautiful, detailed, and dainty pieces. A popular yarn for these projects is Lace Weight Yarn because of its tiny, fine weight. Another favorite yarn to create that lace look on your next crochet project is Fingering Weight Yarn.
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Before we get into all the classics and garments you can create with crochet lace patterns, let’s talk about lace weight yarn and fingering weight yarn, the popular go-to’s for these types of projects.
What is Lace Weight Yarn?
The word lace here describes the thickness of the yarn, rather than what has been made from the yarn. Lace weight yarn is generally a yarn that achieves around 8 stitches per inch when knit or crocheted. It may be composed of a single ply or multiple plies, and can be made from many different fibers. We LOVE our silk.
The history of crochet is fascinating and beautiful, if a little mysterious. Regardless of where the craft originated first, people have been crocheting fine threads into beautiful lace for centuries. Doilies, table cloths, lace trimmings, decor, and more can all be done with a little crochet hook and a lot of lace weight yarn!
One of the wonderful benefits of choosing to crochet with your lace weight yarn is that the project will work up faster than a comparable project done with knitting. You may have noticed that crochet stitches are a little more voluminous than knitting stitches, thus crocheting with lace weight results in a fabric that’s ideal for garments. I love crocheting with our Lace Weight Silk Yarn because it produces a light and flexible fabric that still feels sturdy and opaque enough to wear often. Lacy stitch patterns or bold colorways can be used to create shawls and wraps with lots of visual interest.
Small weights of yarn can be used to create motifs that can be turned into jewelry, patches, keychains and other accessories. Have you ever checked out mini amigurumi? You can have a lot of fun making little shapes with some lace weight yarn, an added bonus of smaller projects is they make great scrap busters!
For Practical Use
Everyone’s getting into the reusable bag trend these days, and there are lots of sustainable options out there. Have you ever considered making your own? Lace weight yarn is the perfect medium to create produce bags to bring along to the grocery store or farmer’s market.
I hope you’ve been inspired to explore a lace weight project of your own. With a little patience, lace weight yarn can create the most beautiful things. Don’t confuse the delicate details with a flimsy material, crocheting with lace weight yarn can produce projects you’ll love to use again and again! Here are some examples and inspiration to titillate your creative imagination. Don’t forget to check out Darn Good Yarn® crochet lace patterns and kits. We’re on Ravelry, too! Are you ready to jump into lace weight crochet with both feet? Try a kit today, they come with a pattern and all the yarn you’ll need to create a masterpiece!