Back to the Drawing Board


This was supposed to be the upper back of my sweater, and that was supposed to be straight line. I shaped the lace insert using increases on the stockinette sides and a double decrease down the center. If you’ve ever knit feather and fan lace, you’ll know that distributing your increases and decreases like that will make a scalloped shape instead of a straight line. It’s lovely when it’s deliberate, but it can be frustrating when you’re trying to just create a narrowing bit of lace! I can’t say I’m entirely surprised that my back turned out like this, but I was really hoping that I would be able to get away with that increase and decrease distribution. This is getting frogged, and I’m trying to decide what to do next. I’ve got a few ideas to play around with to try to get the lace to work, and I’ve also got some unrelated ideas. It’s entirely possible that this will be a completely different design next time you see this yarn.





6 responses to “Back to the Drawing Board”

  1. I had an abandoned shawl design that had a center like that. Perfect…for a hunchback!

  2. I love that you show us a bit of your creative process. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what comes out of this.

  3. Ellisen

    This is lovely. I like it just the way it is. I’d use it on the front of a tank/tunic.

  4. Oh my gosh, Andi, this is so beautiful. Even if you cannot use if for the sweater this is worth it. I’m seeing that beautiful pattern on a sleeve on a summer garment.

  5. Kirsten

    I love the look. Just looking at it and I haven’t tried it, but it seems, at the point where the leaves stop at the top you should stop also. Think I would try just knitting right across the top and continue from there. I know that it will shorten the lace; but still think the effect would look great. You then mirroe the image that section along the sleeve bottoms. Just a thought:)

  6. It’s so pretty, though! Such a shame, but who knows maybe the next design will be even better 🙂

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