Saturday, April 30, 2011

Rose Lace Stole

 It's been a long time since I've knitted lace. This is the Rose Lace Stole by Susanna IC from Interweave Knits Spring 2011.

I'm working with Araucania Chaiten, a silk fiber that has been hand-dyed. It has a dry hand, not much bounce, and a lovely, rough texture. I've been on a purple kick for much of the past year, so it's nice to see a little bit of turquoise creeping in.

The pattern is very straight-forward for most of the shawl: columns of stockinette interrupted by a line of eyelets. But the lace edging is making me cross-eyed. Not the fault of the designer: this is a very well-written pattern. Just that I'm spoiled by  symmetrical charts with a center stitch to orient me. This shawl is rectangular, and I'm having a hrad time getting my bearings in each row. (And I'd rather not use stitch markers, which always mess up my stitch count when I get the yarn-overs caught around them.)

And in the top picture: the best project bag ever: Blue Sky Alapaca's Pretty Cheep Bag (honest, that's what it's called). Perfect for stuffing a small project into your purse or backpack. I'd love to buy all six designs and frame them.

2 comments:

Elidia Fouto said...

What is No Stitch on the chart of the Rose Lace Stole?

JANET said...

The No Stitch means literally that: on the rows where you see it, the pattern has changed - probably in the number of stitches per repeat - so you stay with whatever it says to do. In other words, you do what it is in the white squares of the chart. I found that it helped me to follow the pattern by placing stitch markers between repeats - but the markers also have to be moved as the pattern develops. Hope that helps.