Faggot lace

Faggot patterns (basic lace) are really a category unto themselves. They're composed of nothing but the simplest lace-making unit: a yarn over followed (or preceded) by a decrease. A faggot unit can be worked over and over for a very open mesh-like fabric, as shown in Figure 12-8a. Or a faggot grouping can be worked as a vertical panel in an otherwise solid fabric or as a vertical panel alternating with other lace or cable panels, as shown in Figure 12-8b.

Figure 12-8:

Faggot lace by itself (a) and combined with another lace pattern (b).

Figure 12-8:

Faggot lace by itself (a) and combined with another lace pattern (b).

Net Pattern Knitting

You can work faggot patterns with a knitted decrease (ssk or k2tog) or a purled decrease. The appearance of the lace changes very subtly depending on the decrease you use.

Basic faggot is made by alternating a yarn over and an ssk decrease. We find this variation (called purse stitch) faster and easier to work than others. Follow these instructions (or see the chart in Figure 12-9):

Cast on an even number of sts.

Every row: K1; * yo, p2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.

Figure 12-9:

Chart for faggot lace.

2-st repeat end begin

  • Knit on right side and wrong sid rOl Yarn over
  • lt;1 Purl 2 tog

To use the faggot repeat as a vertical panel in a garment (whether it's a sweater front or the middle of a scarf), work one repeat between as many stockinette stitches as you like.

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