The OAL Begins + Starting Zinone


The OAL starts today! It’s time to cast on your Zinone. For my top, I used the long-tail cast-on method. It’s neither too soft and stretchy nor too rigid and firm. I think Goldilocks would approve.

I’m planning on knitting the full-length version in this pretty silvery grey, but I’m undecided on the back. The partial lace back would make the top more versatile, and it would be very office-friendly for my part-time job, but I’d also like a full-length top with all lace because it’d be so much fun to style different ways, and I haven’t knit that combination yet. The former gets a few more bonus points because it’d be faster to knit because the stockinette rounds go by really quickly. It’s a tough decision!


Here are three things you should know before diving into your Zinone:

1. Don’t yank the yarn snug over your slipped stitches. Leave some breathing room for your slipped stitches like in the picture above or your edging might end up too tight.

2. Using stitch markers between lace repeats could cause you problems. The repeats aren’t stand-alone panels, although they might appear to be when you look at the chart. The stitch counts don’t change, but the repeats borrow their neighbor’s stitches for decreases, and you’ll have to remove and replace markers frequently to get them out of the way of ssks and k2togs.

3. You have until Row 40 (40, 40, 48, 48, 48, 48) of the Upper Back to change your mind about which back option you want to use. The two sections are identical up until that point.






4 responses to “The OAL Begins + Starting Zinone”

  1. Jacqui

    Hi Andi – this is the first lace pattern I have ventured into (eeeek) and I’m a bit confused in the upper back section, when I do stitch pattern A, do I complete all 8 rows each time? (row 3 in the upper back section has confused me). Thanks for your help!

    1. Each row is just one row. This blog post on working with stitch patterns should help clear things up.

  2. Jacqui

    Thanks Andi!

  3. I am so glad I read this, I kept getting an extra stitch on row 4, but after looking at my pattern and reading this post, I see why. It all worked out as I had to restart with a smaller needle size anyway.


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