Well, who says you can’t have fun on your birthday and knit as well? As a matter of fact, I’ll get some knitting in a little bit later (I’m writing this post very early indeed), but before the mojitos start flowing. This is a short post, just to make sure you’re on the right track with the lace KAL. When last I left you, you had the choice of one of two patterns to work on (I know some of you did both – way to go). The purpose of those patterns were threefold;
- They were more difficult patterns than you had worked with previously (at least on here) and might have required you to use one of the tips to keep track of them. You may have photocopied it, cut and pasted the repeats, or used magnets and/or crayons to keep track of the row you were on. Whatever you did to keep track is good and you should try different things to see which works best for you.
- You learned the Provisional Cast On using a crochet hook. I personally like this method of doing it best, but you can search on YouTube for others that might appeal to you more. You might ask why learn this now? Well, as we have learned earlier, you have to be very careful with your cast ons and offs with lace. One way to make sure the cast on is elastic enough is to not do one! By using the provisional cast on we can go back later and pick up the stitches and do some other sort of edging – crochet or knit – the choice is up to you. This way you will ensure it is loose enough.
- We learned about lifelines! I can’t tell you how invaluable lifelines are in lace knitting. Al you have to do is not use them once and then have to frog your work back to the beginning. You might get lucky and find the mistake on the previous row, but then again you might not. Along with the lifeline, I like to check my work every other row on the reverse side. That way I will know right away if I have the right number of stitches. Of course, this is just the number of stitches, you could have a mistake in the pattern. If that’s the case and you don’t catch it in time, you at least have your lifeline.
So here is a picture of the second pattern with the provisional cast on and 2 lifelines. You only ever need 2 as you can take the one furthest away from your needles and use it to make a new one. In this swatch I used ravel cord and dental floss. Both are equally good, it just depends on what you have handy.
Here is the pattern after about 46 rows. I used 3 repeats of the pattern and you can see the 2 lifelines here. The first one (closest to the bottom) is ravel cord doubled and the second is the dental floss. I really recommend lifelines as frogging is very slow. If you get into the habit of putting them in every 10 rows or so you’ll find your knitting goes much quicker as it’s probably easier and faster to frog 10 rows and reknit them than to tink 3 or 4 (especially if you don’t find the mistake in those!). Well, I’ll give you the weekend to finish your final swatches and then we’ll start a shawl. Don’t throw those swatches away though as we’ll use them for picking up an edge and knitting one on and for casting off loosely. When you’re finished them, put them on a stitch holder and keep them in a safe place.
As for me, where was that Mojito?