Lace-the word conjures up images of delicate beauty, of all things gentle and lovely. Not to me right now! If I didn’t want to make the cardigan for Jess for this summer I would abandon it for now and focus on other things. As I progressed further up the back I saw that the pattern was not really emerging as it was supposed to and looked quite higgledy piggledy. With a heavy heart I pulled it down, a couple of hours work unravelled in a minute or so.
Not one to be defeated (some may even call me stubborn), I decided a different approach was necessary. Having tried the back 3 times I felt perhaps there were so many stitches that there was too much room for error with the lacy pattern. It was time to be a little unconventional and have a go at the front-less stitches but the same pattern. That was 2 hours ago and look!
It actually resembles the photo in the magazine! Even with the added complication of the garter stitch edge I did it. I am now at the stage of casting on stitches for the sleeves, which are knitted as part of the front and back rather than separately as in many other patterns. I feel a whole lot better now I have finally succeeded at something that felt so complicated.
Lace, you may have won the battle but you have not won the war!
Are there any patterns that have almost beaten you? What is your knitting nemesis?