Irish Diamond Shawl Progress Report #2

boy412's picture

Almost completed #5 of 14 lace 1 pattern. I've added the green stitch markers and I'll probably add more markers as the pattern grows. As I work a row between the green markers, I recount the stitches to make sure I'm on track.

My biggest fear with this project reared it's ugly head last night. While knitting at the LYS, I dropped a stitch while (un)knitting one section. I missed a YO and while fighting with a k2tog, one of the two stitches got away from me. I was lucky the stitch dropped in a non-lace section of the pattern. If it dropped anywhere else,....

I might take a break from this project and "practice" on dropped stitches by de-constructing the lace patterns. The YO sections worry me the most and I would rather tear my hair in practice than with the shawl.

Til next time

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gardenguy42's picture

Beautiful start! And you are

Beautiful start! And you are intuitive about your knitting which is great. I second the "lifeline" recommendation. I'm not a fan of lace knitting but like to challenge myself with some occasionally. As a perfectionist, dropped stitches in a complex pattern drive me mad. The lifeline keeps me from having to unravel the whole damn thing every time. Good luck!

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boy412's picture

After all of my analytical

After all of my analytical brain bashing I just unraveled a small section where I dropped the stitch, one row at a time, placing the lower rows stitches on a DPN and reknit the rows.

MMario's picture

And do you know how to

And do you know how to replace a missed YO? In next row it is simplle, you just lift the bar between the stitches. In rows further up It's a little more complicated, but still not too difficult to "walk" the new stitch up
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boy412's picture

My problem when I miss a YO,

My problem when I miss a YO, I would knit in place of the YO...

MMario's picture

If you catch it on the next

If you catch it on the next row - and you skipped both the YO and the decrease, you can lift the bar for the YO and pass a stitch over it's neighbor to make the decrease. The YO takes up the slack created by passing the stitch.

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scenter's picture

Do you know about lifelines?

Do you know about lifelines? They take a lot of the fear out of lace knitting.

Using some scrap yarn or string in a contrasting color (crochet cotton works well) and a chibi needle (yarn needle, darning needle), pass the chibi under each stitch on the knitting needle. Leave this stand in place as you then continue to knit, adding more lifelines as you go (I like to add one every repeat of the pattern, or about every 10-15 rows). If you do drop a stitch, or see an error, you only have to go back to the highest lifeline when frogging.

crmartin's picture

That's going to be a

That's going to be a beautiful shawl.

Randy

albert's picture

Looking good. Good idea to

Looking good. Good idea to analyze the stitches so you can reconstruct a dropped stitch.