UseOver the years I have used different techniques while knitting lace. Recently I had a discussion about useful tools and techniques and useless. During the discussion I found out, that some of my techniques were unknown to others and vice versa. Always trying to make lace knitting more fun to you I searched around for more tips, listed below what I used and what others found helpful. Enjoy.
7 useful Tools for more Fun with Lace knitting
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- Stitch Markers to mark repeats and important points in a row which could be easily overseen
- Lace needles. They have pointy tips compared to those used for e.g. sock knitting
- Pencil in case you printed your pattern
- Some PDF software that allows annotations, or a piece of paper and a pen to note where you paused your knitting
- Colored pens to encode your charts
- Blocking pins and blocking wires to emphasize the best side of your lace work
9 Techniques you can use in 2017 to improve your Success in finishing your intricate Lace Pattern
- Add a life line into your knitting after each chart, or in case your unsure as often as you need to feel save. Keep in mind, the row after inserting a life line is more difficult to knit because of the line going through the stitches. Knit extra careful.
- Always note accurately where in the pattern you are if you have to make a pause. Nothing is more frustrating than to rib back because you continued with the wrong row.
- Learn to “read” the stitches. This will make it easier to find the point you were in case you messed up with the note taking. Additionally you are much better in detecting error and correcting them.
- Count your stitches often. Generally an increase is followed by a decrease or vice versa, meaning at the end of the row the stitch count is the same as at the beginning of the row.
- Check if all rows are patterned or not. Most of the times when only the right side rows are patterned, there is a comment saying something like “wrong side rows are worked as they appear” or “wrong side rows are purled”. Keep that in mind to not accidently always work the patterned rows.
- Charts usually start at the bottom and are read right to left. It’s always a good idea to look after row number one.
- Use the colors from above. Color code the stitches in the chart. E.g. color all k2tog red, and all ssk green to make it easier for you to see and recognize during knitting. This is a great idea not only for charted but also for written instructions.
- Cover all rows above your actual row. Therefor you see your actual row and the row you worked before and will easily see when an error was made (most of the time a yarn over to much or a yarn over missing), and you did not slip into a later row by accident.
- Put the legend next to the chart to avoid flipping through the pages all the time which can cause you loosing stitches, while not holding your needles firm enough or slipping into the wrong line after flipping back to your chart.
What is your perfect tool and technique for lace knitting? Let us know, leave a comment below.