Helen James has had a life-long love affair with lace of all kinds and more recently obtained her City and Guilds in Knitwear and Design, which allowed her to look into the fascinating history of lace knitting. Much of her inspiration comes from the beaches and countryside where she lives and her frequent visits to the coast of Scotland. Her previous book, Lace Knitting, is also published by The Crowood Press.
This excellent guide to lace knitting focuses on techniques and popular motifs rather than complex projects. This way of learning the fundamentals allows you to customise lace designs or add decorative lace elements to plain patterns by adding edgings or borders.
This book boasts 30 charted motifs but it contains a great deal more than that. I think this is a good introduction to the topic containing enough information to ensure success for a novice and information that many more experienced lace knitters would welcome.