Having a 3-row pattern, this fabric looks the same on both sides. Thus it is particularly good for articles both sides of which will be seen, such as scarves and stoics. It has much vertical elasticity, and can take a good deal of stretching when blocked.
Multiple of 3 sts plus 4 edge sts.
Row 1—K2, * si 1—k2 tog—psso, (yo) twice; rep from *, end k2 Row 2—K2, * (pi, kl) into the double yo, pi; rep from *, end k2 Row 3—Knit.
Repeat Rows 1-3.
Lace knitting is justly called "the height of the knitter's art." No education in knitting is complete without it. There is such a world of variety in lace patterns, and they take so many forms, that you might think every possible shape or design has already been used! But that, in lace knitting, is never true.
Bewildered by this world of variety, beginners sometimes confuse it with difficulty, and assume that all lace patterns demand great care and skill in working. Of course, this is hardly the case. Most lace patterns are faster and less tedious to knit than, say, the average cable pattern; and many are even childishly simple. Only a very few laccs are truly complicated. But the one great virtue of lace is that the finished result nearly always looks more complicated than it really is. One has only to follow directions accurately in order to experience the joy of seeing a lovely lace pattern take shape under one's hands.
Many beginners are afraid to use lace in their garments because, when yarn-over stitchcs are involved, it is easier to lose track of the increases and decreases in shaping. But this difficulty is quickly overcome by restricting the lace at first to vertical panels placed in or near the center, well away from the edges of the piece where the shaping will take place. Then as you gain confidence in lace knitting, such panels can be extended and combined with panels of different patterns. The most exquisite examples of lace knitting consist of such combinations: perhaps ten or twelve different patterns placed side by side in panel arrangement across the whole width of the garment. Just as cable patterns are combined at will in the fisherman sweater, so lace patterns can be combined at will to make a dress, blouse, sweater, curtain, scarf, or any other article absolutely unique, a treasure of artistry in knitting.
Most lacc is interchangeable with stockinette stitch, but it must be remembered that lace is likely to be a little looser, due to the holes left by the yarn-over stitches. The more "open" the lace, the looser it will be, and thus fewer stitches are required for width. A lacc pattern can be stretched a great deal in blocking, but it must not be compressed or shrunk, for then the openwork pattern will be lost. When making lace it is well to keep in mind that fewer stitches are better than too many.
Lace is best worked in fine yarn with small needles, for it is meant to look dainty and delicate. But the needles must not be too small in proportion to the weight of the yarn, for then the work will become too tight to show the openwork properly. Experiment with different yarns and needles to see which are best suited to your personal gauge and tension in lace making.
More than any other type of knitting, lace offers the greatest scope for individual ingenuity and creativity. The knitters of the past knew this, and took advantage of it; that is why so many different lace patterns exist today. To the knitter, the working of lace is not only a source of delight but also a source of ideas. Practically any lace pattern can be subjected to little variations that change its appearance, sometimes very markedly. Once you have thoroughly learned any lace pattern, possible variations continue to pop into your head as you work. A little playing around with these ideas will often produce the most satisfying event in all knitting experience: a brand-new, original pattern, all your own!
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