Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Zen of It

I'm getting the hang of this new lace pattern, slowly but surely. The approach is entirely different.

Instead of mindlessly placing markers and repeating patterns between the markers, the pattern requires a careful count at the start of each row.

I've got to repeat a 24-row chart 5 times. The wrong side rows are plain knits (other than an increase). The 12 right-side rows repeat 2 different stitch patterns, at a different offset...

stitch pattern one: k2tog k1 k2tog yo k1 yo
stitch pattern two: k3 yo [slip 2 together knitwise, k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over] yo

The magic is in knowing how many stitches in from the edge you start the pattern, and which stitch of the pattern you start on. The rest is just repeats of the 6 stitch pattern from there. Markers don't help because of the offset, and because of the yarnovers. I find it tricky to keep a marker in the right place when you're doing yarnovers either before or after it.

I've got a copy of the chart with the key rows labelled, I've got a sticky note and a pencil. When I'm done a row of the chart I note it. Simple! Well, easy enough that I can mostly pay attention to the TV.


denny Mcmillan said...

Hi kate, me too with the lace.I "borrowed" some Debbie Bliss Pure Silk. Yes,that one,and whipped up a little lace scarf.A one skein wonder. Plus the BIG LACE PROJECT at work. I'll have your ball-o-noro on wed. at the market. See ya later. dennyx0xx0x0

denny Mcmillan said...

More lace, doing some hand spun worsted single that I handdyed in my big new turkey roaster. It's the same lace as above silk scarf, but done in 6 repeats so it's shawl width, and god willing long enough.(to soon to tell)

Any way I won't be in the market to night cause I got called in to work, and teach a class. I still have your yarn. If it were any other fiber I would leave at L.K. but this is work, sort of. May be I'll come down to the market later in the week. E-MALE coming to a denny near you ... soon.
luv dennyx0x0x