I cast on and worked the beginning edge and a few rounds of the lace pattern. This is my first legit lace project so I am taking my time and counting and recounting my repeats. So far, so good. This is not a large project; it has a beginning edge and ending edge, each consisting of 5 rows. The lace body is 36 rows. The size and how much yarn I have after the first 36 rows will determine whether or not I venture on to another repeat. I am taking advantage of October’s wall-to-wall blue skies to take photos in natural light. I have done a disservice to both Mother Nature and spinner. As the project progress, hopefully you will be graced with a more complementary pic.
One thing I wish to share about this project is the ‘nupp’. This feature of lace is worked over two rows. At least in this pattern. Having never done lace before, this was a first for me. The chart symbols were quite interesting; a ‘V’ on the first row of the stitch, with an inverted ‘V’ on the second. Took me a while to realize there was a small 5 inside the ‘V’, indicating how many knits/yo combinations that comprised the nupp. Very cool indeed. A while back, I received an update to “myrawoodoriginals” channel on YouTube, demonstrating a simplified way to create a nupp. I tried it in this pattern and loved it. I will include the link for your viewing pleasure. I highly recommend subscribing to this and other channels. The technique did not apply to me at the time of its release, but I was fortunate to have it handy when I attempted my first lace. I will learn the two-row technique just for kicks. This pattern, however, will be knit entirely with the simple method.
So, as promised, here is the link to the ‘Easy-Peasy Nupp’ video Easy-Peasy Nupp Knit Stitch
I would also like to thank Knitty.com for another wonder pattern. I have tried a number of offerings from this site and I have never been disappointed. With all of the knitting sites offering free patterns, it can be overwhelming, not to mention a crap shoot. Amy Singer manages to maintain content that is well-designed and modern. Thank you, Knitty!! http://www.knitty.com/
You can also follow my progress on Ravelry.com. My account name is ‘Gamermom‘ What?!? Does that surprise you? Shouldn’t! All my recent projects are named after video games.