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April 06, 2005

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Elabeth

Don't count on that chart even being readable. The ones I have from for the Gypsy Shawl and the Keepsake Shawl are all but useless. They are teeeensy tiny and blurry from too many copies of copies being made. I love their yarn, but I will never buy another pattern from them.

maggi

My Charlotte took me a long time but I am really proud of it and have worn it as both scarf & shawl. I'm hoping to try the Flower Basket sometime soon. Enjoyed my first visit to your blog!

Chris

You are so right about the natural flow of lace patterns. Too bad they don't tip you off to this in the pattern books. I have to agree with you on the giant paragraph of knitting instructions too. I have a graphic design background, and I get totally peeved over the poor presentation of information in some patterns. I'm an experienced knitter, but I've made some monster mistakes because of hard-to-read patterns. My solution now is to make my own charts if the pattern doesn't have one. I use the computer to create an Excel chart, using my own symbols (well, honestly, what happens to be available on my computer) in place of the typical marks. I think Microsoft is missing a marketing niche here: Excel -- it's not just for accountants!!

Deb

Yeah, that lace is seductive stuff, for sure! I sympathise on reading that pattern, though--it looks horrible (to knit from)! Even if you don't want to try charting it, as Chris suggested, you could always just type it out yourself. I do that whenever I'm dealing with a difficult-to-read pattern (like some of the Rowan patterns--I always lose track of which row I'm on).

Sally

I so know what you mean about getting addicted to lace - and you will soon find a rhythm so don't worry. What absolutely lusious yarn!

froggy

what a beautiful project and yarn. i hope to knit that someday.

Risa

By george you've got it! Absolutely and amen. I do exactly what you do and have noticed the same thing with how the patterns are written. I had the same issue with Pi even and thought it much differently than the *k4, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k6* of one particular row. Though I did move to reading my lace rather than the pattern in short order and yes, that way you can indeed find that missing YO that somehow gets forgotten.

Lace is incredibly addicting but justifiably. It is incredibly rewarding. For waving two sticks at a ball of yarn, you have an intricate and inspirational piece that continues to amaze me.

Welcome to the club :)

Lynne S of Oz

I agree with the reading patterns.
When knitting complicated/large lacey patterns, I've been told to remember to put in
a) stitch markers between pattern repeats (say every 2nd or 3rd pattern repeat), and
b) "rescue lines", where you put a sewing thread through all the stitches on the needles at the end of each motif, so if your lace pattern repeats after 16 rows, put a thread through the stitches there.

Why? Cos if disaster strikes, you'll have set places that you can go back to without having to frog the lot or drop stitches to fix up mistakes rows back!

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