Home > Knitbuddies > Welcome

Saturday, April 23, 2005

MG: Lelah & lace-mania

swatch washing report: my Jaeger Cadiz grew a bit wider from washing; the top part of Lelah will have to be recalculated.

i was nervous about casting on for Lelah--never knitted lace before--so i started a swatch to be sure i understood the lace pattern. another swatch? yes, they are great coping tools for anxiety-ridden me. i get to knit while still unsure of myself. here are the odd row instructions:

row 1: p k yo k k slanted-double-decrease k k yo k p
row 3: p k k yo k slanted-double-decrease k yo k k p
row 5: p k k k yo slanted-double-decrease yo k k k p

oh the pattern progressions! {k1, k2, k3} yo! oh the symmetry! sigh... knitting the swatch promptly induced lace-mania. thank you, Christine, for creating such a beautiful pattern to lure me into lace. i won't show you the swatch because look:

that's Lelah at about 5 inches along. i can't believe how much i enjoy knitting it. actually, that photo is from a couple of days ago, and i'm now ready to start on the eyelets.

oh, as Kitty Kitty mentioned, i googled to find cast-ons who play well with lace stitches. the knitted cast-on (knitted-on) seemed beloved by many experienced lace knitters, so i followed according to their wisdom. here is a closeup of the cast-on edge:

i like the simple, inconspicuous edge, which conforms to the contours of the lace nicely. though the first round was a terrible tug-a-war since knitted cast-ons are worked pretty tightly, i think it was worth it. links for the knitted cast-on:


  1. your lelah is gorgeous, i knew it woud be! -- and that yarn shows off the stitch definition beautifully.. can't wait to see when it's done.

    and i agree, christine's pattern started a lace-mania for me too -- i just bought some yarn to do the branching out scarf pattern from the new knitty ;)

  2. That is really, really pretty!

  3. Hi!
    I thought i would check out your blog, since you were so kind to comment on mine--its great! I love the little top you just finished, and I was wondering what its name is/where you got the pattern.
    take care,

  4. it looks absolutely gorgeous. your yarn really makes the pattern stand out.