Hey there — you may remember me..
Once upon a time, I seemed to knit nothing but lace. Lace lace lace.
I loved lace so much, I talked my dear friend into helping me start a Giant Repeating Lace KAL. We called it Seasons of Lace.
I loved lace and the KAL so much that I spent my life knitting lace, and chatting up all sorts of lovely people who design lace patterns and sell lace yarn, so that they would donate lovely lace related prizes to the folks who joined in our lace KAL. And still, I knit lace.
And then there was life. And massage school. And suddenly, I was buried in way too much to do!
It got so bad that lace all but disappeared from my needles. It’s been socks, and a shadow-knitting afghan that I was effectively commissioned to design and knit. And the current lace project languished, pining for my attention.
In many ways, it was simple (ish) math that was getting between me and my lace knitting.
I’ve gone on a tear, and am adapting Susan Pandorf’s Dwarrowdelf Stole pattern for use as curtains. This means I needed to make them a lot WIDER to fit my windows. So, I hauled off and knit a top edge, vastly increasing the number of repeats called for by the stole pattern. And then I looked to see what the ratio of repeats on top edge piece would be to the repeats on the body, and my brain fried a little.
I knew that the repeats on the top edge were 14 rows “wide”. I knew that the ends of the top edge included a five row edge. (I spaced for the longest time on the three rows of set up at one end and the four rows of … well… set down at the other). I knew that I was getting approximately 7 rows to the inch.
I knew that the repeats on the body would be 24 stitches wide. I knew that the ends included a 9 stitch edge on one side and an 18 stitch edge on the other. And… I knew that I was getting approximately 6 stitches to the inch.
Clearly, forgetting those 7 extra rows bollixed me up for a while. But suddenly, after my brief escape to Oak Park, I made the math work! And here, we see the winding up of the skinny top edge:
It’s pushing 44 inches long here. The next thing I did was that five row edge, and bind off. I’m now in the throes of picking up three hundred and some odd stitches along the edge that runs along the left side in that picture. So much for something to work on where the rows are short and I can feel like real progress happens when I knit for a few minutes.