Saturday, 19 June 2010

The learning never stops. Isn't knitting wonderful that way? I am testknitting lace socks and found a lace pattern which does not work. Amazing and thought provoking. Why does this lace pattern expand at such a rate that the size of the leg is more than an inch wider once the lace pattern begins?

I discovered that the further away the decreases are from the increases the more the stitch gauge is distorted from good old stockinette stitch gauge. Easy lace has an increase (usually a YO) right next to a decrease. As lace gets more complex, the increases and decreases can be several stitches apart. In this case they are several rows apart. Every 6 stitch repeat of the pattern is increased on one row to 8 sts and then 2 rows later decreased back to the original number of stitches. The pattern is actually an 8 stitch repeat half of the time and seems to measure closer to an 8 stitch repeat. A sock which is based on a lace pattern like this may not come out the size you wanted. Interesting isn't it? Lesson learned. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm wondering how that particular lace pattern would work in a scarf.



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