Avoiding and Correcting Mistakes When Working Lace Patterns

The best way to avoid mistakes in lace-making is to envision how the yarn overs and decreases combine to create the pattern. Take, for example, the cloverleaf eyelet pattern (refer to Figure 12-1 to see its chart). This pattern creates the lace shown in Figure 12-13.

Looking at the end product closely, you can see how the increases and decreases work. The eyelets (the holes) are made with yarn over increases, and their compensating decreases are worked right next to them. The decreases look like slanted stitches and come before and after the two eyelets on the bottom of the cloverleaf and after the eyelet on the top. Simply by knowing what's happening with the increases and decreases, you can anticipate what stitch comes next and, in so doing, better avoid missing a yarn over or decrease.

Figure 12-13:

Detail of the cloverleaf ssk decrease eyelet pattern.

Figure 12-13:

Detail of the cloverleaf ssk decrease eyelet pattern.

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