Don’t worry if they don’t! There was a lot of discussion about the ‘floats’ of yarn across the slipped stitches in this pattern. All of the floats should be on the same side, the right side (RS) of your work, but don’t worry if they’re not! As long as you made the floats the same way consistently across the block and you are pleased with the results – who cares if it differs from the pattern? Many people also mentioned they prefer the ‘wrong side’ to the ‘right side’ of the pattern. Again, as long as you like the way it looks, why not flip the right and wrong sides? Sometimes we get too concerned with doing things ‘right’ and forget we’re supposed to be having fun with our knitting. Don’t forget you’re the boss of your yarn!
On that note, let’s show clue #5 who’s boss!
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For clue #5 we’re shaking things up a bit and delving into lace knitting. While knitted lace can look very complex, the basic technique to create these fancy stitches is quite simple. Do you know how to work a yo (yarn-over)? Do you know how to ssk (slip, slip, knit), and k2tog (knit two together)? If the answer is yes, you’re totally qualified to knit some lace!
Lace knitting patterns are usually created by pairing yo increases (which create intentional holes in your work), with the same number of decreases. This buddy system of increases and decreases maintains your stitch count across a row. It’s totally simple! That said, like any kind of knitting, there’s always room for error. Here are a few tips to help your lace fly off the needles hassle free!
LACE KNITTING TIPS
- Mark it. If your lace pattern involves a repeated section, try placing stitch markers in between the repeats. It’s easy to forget a yo or k2tog and you’ll catch your error quicker if you can easily count your stitches.
- Counting counts. Accidentally adding or subtracting a stitch in plain stocking st can be easy to hide. While knitting a lace pattern, being one stitch off on any given row can throw off the look of the whole pattern. It might take a little extra time, but counting your stitches every few rows can save the even bigger headache of having to rip back!
- Throw me a lifeline! Ripping out a row of lace knitting can be a little trickier than simple stitch patterns like garter or stocking st. Try threading a length of smooth, contrasting yarn across across a row. If you need to rip back, you can pull out your needle and rip back to this “lifeline” thread knowing you won’t be missing any stitches. This is especially helpful if knitting very complex patterns with large stitch counts like in traditional lace shawls.
- Lost in translation. Sometimes pattern terminology just doesn’t work for us. Maybe the term ‘yarn over’ just doesn’t make sense to you and you want to call it a ‘loop-dee-loop’. Try re-writing the pattern your way if it makes it easier for you.
- Shh! Mommy’s knitting lace! Lace takes a certain amount of concentration. When you sit down to knit something lacy, try to cut out the distractions like television and those pesky family members! You can always have another, less mindful project on the go for your TV knitting, right?
- Hello charts! If you prefer written instructions to charted, try giving those charts another chance. Charts are especially helpful for lace knitting. Lace charts allow you to see how your yarn-over (yo) holes are arranged to create your a design.
- Master the chart. If the charted knitting instructions have won you over, it’s handy to make a photocopy of your chart to work from. With a copy you can enlarge it, color it or mark it up any way you like without fear of ruining your pattern. Lucky for us, these downloadable pdf patterns can be printed as many times as you like!
Have a lace knitting tip of your own? Share it with us in the comments! Clue #6 will be posted Wednesday, December 30th.