Monday, February 25, 2008

Clue Number 2

I finished clue 2 on the same day it was posted! I counted and counted stitches on every row. I realized that the center of certain motifs needed to appear above the center from rows before. It was hard to tell where the motif should start, but when I got to the center I could tell if I was in the right place or not. At that point I would keep going or tink (unknit ('knit' backwards)) to where the mistake was made. I tinked 6-16 stitches 3 or 4 times. This was so much easier that undoing entire rows.

So here's what it looks like now.

Besides learning to knit lace I also learned (with the help of very kind people in the knit-along-Thanks Carla and others)) how to increase the size of the chart and print it in Adobe Reader, so that I could write numbers in the little squares. This was very helpful. The chart has long sequences of knit stitches between the motifs. The numbers are different for every row and across the rows, so I sit down and count all these spaces before I begin and write the number in each section. So when I knit they have already been counted and I just read the number from the chart where I've written it in. This is another trick I learned that speeded up the knitting tremendously.


cici said...

Hi there.. just checking out your lovely site.. You have some beautiful handywork.. I wish we lived closer so you could help me learn such beautiful stitches.. as you can see im just a basic knitter with great aspirations to learn more.. glad to meet another ceci... thanks

Cécile said...

Cici, Thanks! The more you do it the more you will learn.


Janet Richards said...

Your shawl looks great - I love the red color. I'm hoping to be done with clue #2 tomorrow too :) Just in time for the 3rd clue.