I’ve started chart C on my amazing Pi Shawl, and I have to say – all 3 lace patterns in this project are so much fun to knit! They’re easy to memorize, and they all have “checkpoints” that allow you to check your work to be sure you’re not getting off track. This is especially helpful since we’re now working with over 300 stitches, and it would be really frustrating to get to the end of the round and realize you have to tink back!
Checkpoint cheat sheet:
For charts A and B, the [yo, k1, yo] should line up on every round. For chart C, the sl2-k1-p2sso (AKA centered double decrease) will line up on every round. If you remember these little tricks, you can catch any mistakes you make during the next repeat of the stitch pattern. That means minimal tinking, which is always a sigh of relief!
Forgetting a yarnover is the only error I’ve encountered that can’t necessarily be avoided using these “checkpoints.” The pattern will line up whether you make the yarnover or not, and I found myself making this mistake several times. Since the even-numbered rounds are simply knitting, I didn’t realize I forgot these yarnovers until the next odd-numbered round. There was no way I was going to tink 2 rounds of 336 stitches each, so I was determined to figure out a way to add these yarnovers from the round I was working.
I knew how to fix a missing yarnover in the round below (work to the place where you need to add a yarnover in the row below, and lift the horizontal strand of yarn between the needles onto your left needle to create it), so I used this knowledge to help me add a yarnover 2 rounds below. The technique is very similar, and I used my handy crochet hook to help me out.
To fix a missing yarnover 2 rounds below:
First, work to the place where you need to add a yarnover 2 rounds below. See the horizontal strands of yarn between the needles? That’s where the magic will happen!
Since you’re adding a yarnover 2 rounds below, put your crochet hook under 2 horizontal strands of yarn between the needles. Notice how the top strand is lighter and the bottom one is darker? This might help you see what’s going on in the next steps.
Pull the top strand of yarn through the bottom strand. This is the same technique used to fix dropped stitches, and it creates the same effect as knitting the yarnover in the previous even-numbered round.
Finally, place the loop on your hook onto the left needle with the right “leg” in front. You can see how these steps create a hole 2 rounds below – just where it should be!
That’s it! Between this easy fix and the checkpoints in each lace pattern, I feel super confident knitting this project. In fact, this is the first lace project I’ve knit without using a lifeline and it’s going great!
How is your Pi Shawl coming? If you haven’t started yet, I invite you to join in on the fun! The lace patterns are easier than they seem, but they look really impressive – that’s always a winning combination in my book!