Lace Knitting Tip

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For years lace knitting has been my nemesis. I managed to tackle cables quickly when I first started knitting so it was a complete surprise that lace stumped me so easily.

The light bulb recently went off as to why it was hard for me — the yarn was so fine I couldn’t see my stitches to read them! Once I realized that was the issue I bumped up the weight from fingering to DK and guess what? I can knit lace!  When I have the repeats memorized using the DK weight I can start on my project in a fingering weight.

This swatch is made with Cascade Yarns Cherub DK in color 34.

I used my Knit Picks knitting needles that my sweet hubby gave me for Christmas.

The lace pattern I made my swatch with is the Double Eyelet Rib, which is a multiple of 7 stitches plus 2.

Row 1 (RS): P2, * k5, p2; repeat from * to end.

Row 2: K2, * p5, k2; repeat from * to end.

Row 3: P2, * k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, p2; repeat from * to end.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Repeat Rows 1-4 for pattern.

If you struggle with lace knitting too, try going up a size in yarn. It just might work for you, as well!

 

Inspiration Wednesday!

Vivid color is always my biggest inspiration.  I will be that colorful little old lady who wears whatever she wants 🙂 much to the embarrassment of my kids. It’s already starting to happen and I really don’t see it toning down anytime soon!

Isn’t this Tencel lovely? It’s a bold and beautiful one of kind hand painted yarn. The fiber artist is from the Eugene Textile Center. She had so many gorgeous choices – it was hard to pick just one! With 550 yards of silky softness, I’m going to have to come up with a design that really shows off the gentle color changes. The yardage is perfect for a shawlette or a pretty infinity scarf.

When working with a variegated yarn Ive found that light and lacy stitches work best. The color changes seem to be more natural and blend better. I know planned pooling is really hot right now but I love the simple beauty of subtle color changes, too!

For now, I am swatching with this beauty – hopefully, I’ll have a new self-published pattern using it soon!