I’ve finished the first chart of the spiders on the stole.
I think this pattern is more commonly known as “birds-eye” but it does sorta look like little spiders, doncha think?
Concerning the Inky Dinky Spider Stole, how do you know where to ‘pick up’ stitches? Do you count between markers and use math? Eyeball it? With lace, it must be right on the money I would think. I find it somewhat scary.
Have no fear! When you knit the edging, you slip the first stitch at the flat side of the edging on each row, making a series of loops. Then you pick up one stitch in each loop to get the total number required. The instructions suggested you might have to fudge a stitch or two, but mine came out exactly right.
Clearly due to clean living on my part.
And Pixie asked:
Do you ever make a mistake? I don’t mean that to be rude at all, just curious. You knit so fast I wonder if you just pay a really good amount of attention and never mess up so never have to spend the time fixing a mistake. With all those complex lace patterns I don’t see how you don’t have to frog back every once in a while.
What??!! Me make a mistake? Hah! Never.
Didja believe that? No, I didn’t think so. Don’t blame ya.
Knitting lace is fraught with possibilities for errors. A slip1, k2tog, psso is a minefield. One wrong step and the whole thing blows up in your face. All those yarn-overs are a recipe for disaster as well. You miss one and your pattern is screwed. Screwed, I tell you!
Okay, I’m being a bit dramatic here.
There are ways to make your lace knitting as painless as possible. (Vee haf vays of making . . . )
Liberal use of stitch markers. Mark off every blessed repeat of your pattern. My spiders have a repeat of 12 stitches, therefore I have placed a marker every 12 stitches. So at any given time, I am dealing with a universe of only 12 stitches. Not so daunting when you look at it like that, eh?
Count after every pattern repeat. Finish your repeat of 12 stitches. Count the stitches to make sure there are still 12 stitches.
Stop and look at your work frequently. If something looks funky, defunkify it!
Nice rules, but of course I don’t always follow them. I don’t count after each pattern repeat. But, if I’ve screwed something up, I always find it on the next round, because, as I said, I have my repeats marked off with stitch markers. If I have 11 or 13 stitches between 2 markers, I obviously messed it up on the previous round, and it’s usually pretty easy to fix.
Knitting with Laceweight — Eeeek!
The Cherry Tree Hill Suri Alpaca I’m using for this stole is relentlessly fine. There is patterning on wrong as well as the right side rows of this design. I like this — it makes the knitting far more interesting — but it’s a bitch to knit 2 together over the top of a yarnover with this yarn. I long for really, really pointy needles. I am currently using a Crystal Palace bamboo circular, which is pretty pointy. But still, I struggle with my k2togs.
I tried an ebony, a rosewood, a Clover bamboo, and an Addi Natura bamboo before deciding that the Crystal Palace bamboo worked best. I didn’t bother trying my Addi Turbos — I don’t think they are as pointy, and I find them too slippery for lace work anyhow.
I’m halfway tempted to try to sharpen the points on a bamboo needle, but therein lies the path to madness. I know from sad experience that I am never able to get the point smooth enough to make me (and my relentlessly fine yarn) happy.
A couple of people in the Summer of Lace group have waxed lyrical about Bryspun circulars, so I ordered a couple today. (They seem to be in short supply just now — if you are interested in them I suggest Googling “Bryspun circular needles” to try to find them available somewhere. Elann.com has a few in larger sizes.) I’m told they have nice pointy tips, and judging from the pictures I’ve seen — no join — they appear to be smooth plastic. Heaven! I’m getting mighty sick and tired of dragging my laceweight yarn over the join in my needle. My only concern is that they may be too slippery for my comfort.
I’ll let you know what I think when I get them.
This Just In!
Jennifer, from my Tuesday Lunchtime Knitting Group, kindly consented to model the Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl for a photo op.
And the back:
Lucy Sez . . .
I am the QUEEN! Bow down before me, peasants!