After supper, I made myself a huge mug of herbal tea and sat down with the lace shawl I'd started. It's the first time I've done a huge lace project like this and only the second lace attempt at all. My first was a rather easy pair of socks with an intuitive and easily memorized pattern. With only 4 repeats, and no increases to deal with, it was easy peasy. However this shawl thing was getting me down.
I'd tried with a single strand of the indigo yarn and I couldn't discern the pattern at all, which made it difficult to follow along. As well, did you know you must be able to both count and follow a pattern at the same time in order to knit lace? You also have to marker the bejebbers out of it and lifelines can be very useful. So I had frogged the single strand of yarn. I doubled it up and started again, this time with the two strands being about the weight which was actually called for in the pattern. Note to self - you likely won't see the pattern emerging until you've done a whole repeat of the first chart! If I'd done that with the first try, it might have been better.
|First lace project, other than one pair of socks.|
I'd gotten halfway through the first chart and found out why lifelines were recommended. It was so easy to frog back to a known correct row and go from there. In the end, by buckling down last night and knitting, I got 1 1/2 pattern repeats down. I got comfortable with this particular technique and with the idea of counting rows and repeats with obsessiveness and using markers that I didn't even know I had hiding in my knitting bin.
What is amusing me right now, is that the idea that this little bit of a knitted thing, will actually block out to be a shawl!
|Marker shows the "right" side, for keeping track of increases.|