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Old 09-24-2009, 07:38 AM   #1
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Lace is kicking my butt
Do you think some people just aren't cut out to knit lace? I consider myself an average or above average knitter; I can do fairisle; cables; seaters and most anything required of a pattern, eventually. BUT I CANNOT FOER THE LIFE OF ME DO LACE.

I'm on vacation and decided to try a lace shawl pattern, my duaghter is getting married next year and I want to make a shawl for her. This was to be a practice run.

I have made 5 attempts to start this shawl, each time getting well into it before discovering I am horribly off the chart. NEVER ending up with the correct number of stitches ath the end of a repeat. The designer is on Ravelry and I am sure I have driven her crazy with emails, I couldn't have a better resource. She answers every question and the chart really isn't that complicated.

But I just can't do it!!! Do I just declare defeat or does someone out there have some magic fairy dust they could send my way.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:47 AM   #2
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The only advice I could give you is practice, practice, practice.

When I started lace, with a very easy lace pattern, I got thrown off the chart a few times and had to frog many many times, I didn't count the times. Until I discovered life lines. They help tremendously in the beginning.

Then I just got addicted to lace, almost everything I knit is lace. I like lace for the open texture.

It's true that in the beginning it's everything but easy, but when you're addicted to it, or got used to it, it becomes much easier.

I suggest you do a few small lace projects to get the hang of it, with a lot of different lace techniques, something like dishcloth, then you start the shawl.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:55 AM   #3
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I have always wanted to try lace and bought a book about it. I hope you use lifelines. From friends who have done it they use reusable tape and move it up as they completed each row. What is a seater?
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:55 AM   #4
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Lace is better and smarter than most of us!!

No...it isn't....it is just like a two year old and needs your constant undivided attention....

For me...once you get the hang of the pattern, it goes A LOT easier...but that doesn't mean there wont be mistakes....

I spent 3 hours mid way through a shawl on one pattern...I was fine leading up to it...and fine the rest of the way through...but that one night...I had a bit of a headache...and it just wasn't happening for me...

My best piece of advice.....LIFE LINES.....
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For the sake of lace, use lifelines.

I now dont use them anymore, mostly because mmmmmm (malabrigo) doesn't take frogging easily, so if you make a mistake, you have to do with it, or unknit.
(I once noticed I made an error on the row and had to unknit 200+ stitches, yay)
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:29 AM   #6
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Yes, I have always used lifelines, got into that habit with cables and found it invaluable with the February Ladies Sweater.
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:03 AM   #7
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Lace knitting is very different from any other kind of technic. The mistakes are much harder to see and fix. Until you block it, it usually doesn't look very good, either. But here's what changed my working with it: I take the repeated pattern, over however many sts it should be, lets say it's a 10 st repeat. I cast on 20, plus a few on either side for a stable border, and practice the pattern a few times. THEN I cast on for my project. It really helps. You get used to the way it's supposed to work, you notice what mistakes you're making, and you only have to rip out 26 sts! Not the 500 lace projects always seem to have! Also, speaking of 500, I have about that many st markers and no matter how jumbled it gets, I use one inbetween every repeat of the pattern. If the pattern is only 6 sts or something, I do it between every 2 or 3 repeats, but that helps immensely. Or you just might hate lace knitting and not want to do it! You ever look at artlady's work? Unbelievable, so perfect. But she says she's not good at and doesn't like to do intarsia. So it's okay not to like or be accomplished at every kind of knitting!
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I agree that using st markers is the way to go. That way, if you forget a yo you can pick it up in the next row, or if you forget to k2tog you can do that on the next row too. When I do lace patterns I keep the count for each repeat by making any corrections on the p row . I know, that's cheating but it really doesn't show up that much. imho
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:05 AM   #9
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All good advice. You might also try reading through Eunny Jang's Majoring in Lace.
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Lece is knit one stitch at a time, just like any other piece of knitting. Doing some lace washcloths in something like peaches and cream cotton on 4 or 5 mm needles - starting with the simpler eyelet patterns is good practice, and gets you used to reading your knitting. Then move down in needle and yarn size....
Or just yarn size. I like lace weight yarn on 5 mm needles.

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