Friday, June 12, 2009

World Wide Knit In Public Day Is Tomorrow

Hi there,

Are you all getting excited about World Wide Knit In Public Day tomorrow? I am. I can't wait. We will meet at Carrie's Quilting and Knitting store from 10-3. I have big plans to finish my scarf tomorrow as we sit in the sunshine, knit, chat and eat cookies. Sounds like a perfect day doesn't it. (Plus there will be some yarn to win!)

How are all of the lace knitters doing with their projects? As of Monday night everyone looked like they were doing great! Since our focus Monday was on how to solve lace knitting problems, I thought I would post some pictures of what we talked about.

When knitting the feather and fan pattern, most of the time your problem of having too many or too few stitches happens on the lace rows when you are doing your YO.

If you have less stitches....

Check that after you have done your 6th YO you have not knit 1 stitch before you begin your last set of 3 knit 2 togethers.

If you have, unknit the one stitch and begin your k2tog right after your 6th YO.

Check your lace row on the pattern repeat below. Do you have 5 or 6 eyelets? If you only have 5, you have forgotten a YO causing you to be one stitch short.

You will have to pull out your knitting. Either right back to the lace row or to the row above (row 4) and you can pick up the horizontal bar. Using the left needle, pick up the strand from front to back. Picture 1.

If you have too many stitches....

Again, check the lace row on the pattern repeat below. How many eyelets do you see? If you have more than 6 this is where your extra stitch came from. Picture 3

To fix this you can drop the extra YO off your needle and gently pull your knitted fabric back and forth to work in the extra strand of yarn.

One last word of warning. Even though I have said over and over again that the feather and fan lace pattern is the best pattern to start your lace knitting adventures with, don't knit lace when you are tired. Look at this (pictures 2 & 4) a hole!!! The crazy thing is that I didn't even notice it until 16 rows after I dropped the stitch and somewhere along the way I picked up an extra stitch without realizing that either. My new rule is only garter stitch after 10 pm.

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

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