I have started Branching out
after reading the recent Liesel post
as well as the recent Branching out v. Liesel post
. Now, I am fairly certain I am crazy as this is my first attempt at any type of lace ever. I mean I get the concept of a YO and K2tog and after refering to my trusty reference books was able to replicate them in practice but the chart and the pattern are conflicting for me.
So it says:
Loosely cast on 25 stitches.
Work 5 rows in garter stitch (knit each row).
Begin working lace pattern following either chart (and Pattern Notes) or written instructions below.
I did this just fine...Then it says:
Row 1 [RS]: k3, ssk, yo, k5, [yo, k1] 5 times, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k3 (31 sts)
Row 2 [WS]: k3, p25, k3
After the first row I didnt have enough stitches left over to Knit those last three for the garter stitch border...What did I do wrong? And overall I had more, I guess because of the YOs than the 31 stitches that the instructions allow for for Row 2.
So, I figured because the chart doesnt compensate for the 6 total border stitches that would equal the (31 sts) that the pattern calls for that I would add them in myself. As if that would solve anything.. I went back CO 31 sts and as you might expect still dont end up with enough during the RS row to finish the K3, I think I knit 1 and end up with too many on the WS rows. That's after finishing row 3 which reads:
Row 3 [RS]: k3, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, [k2tog, yo] 2 times, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, [yo, ssk] 2 times, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k3 (31 sts)
Please someone tell me what I am doing wrong and perhaps if Liesel would have been the better first lace project?
Oh yeah, there was reference to a "lifeline" in the Branching out v. Liesel post, is it the crucial thing I am missing? I know I am reaching but something has to give.
Thanks in advance.
EDIT: Thank you, I think I have it. Turns out for my YOs I was increasing by 2 rather than 1 because I thought they included a knit stitch. All is well, I CO 25 did my 5 rows of garter and after "Row 1" ended up with the coveted "31 sts" that the pattern called for.
I am over this hurdle but rest assured I will be back!