When Lace Doesn’t Drive You Crazy

I don’t know that this is exactly lace. How do you define lace? I consider lace to be “a fabric with intentional holes”. By that definition this does qualify. Normally lace drives me crazy. It’s multiple rows making up one repeat where there are multi stitch repeats in each row that tends to tax my already tired brain. This bit of lace is easy. It’s a four row repeat made up of two different rows with only a slight variation. It’s easy enough to remember. I just have to know which row I’m on and off I go.

For the past few years I’ve passed on so many patterns because I didn’t want to add stress to my life. Avoiding stress is something I’ve prioritized. What stress I have is more than enough. I don’t need it from my hobby too. But now I’m wondering if judging lace by how it looks has caused me to miss a few dozen patterns that are simple, straightforward and stress free. I guess I’ll have to give them a second look.

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12 Responses to When Lace Doesn’t Drive You Crazy

  1. Your lace looks great! Big yes on avoiding stress – especially in your hobby! But there are definitely some lace patterns that are pretty straightforward. You will have fun exploring!

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  2. I lagree with you on your strategy! We’re supposed to enjoy our hobbies. Being mostly a night-time knitter, I mostly admire lacy projects from afar, but there are some that are easy to memorise.

    Happy knitting.

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  3. Helen says:

    I see lace — fear face on me.

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  4. I agree with your definition of lace. And I do question patterns with lace, wondering if it will be something that I can easily get in a rhythm with, or is it going to frustrate me. I recently finished Woolenberry’s Waiting for Spring shawl and it has lacy sections and garter stitch sections and it was so easy. I have also started one of her shawls that has those pesky repeats across hundreds of stitches that my mind ended up wandering and I got myself into something I couldn’t get out of and ended up tearing it out. (It needs a lighter yarn to really see the pattern anyway, so it’s probably good that I messed up where I did before I got too far into the pattern) So I say give lacy patterns that you like a try. You just may like them. Your lacy pattern is looking so beautiful. So glad it is an easy one for you.

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  5. Varian says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with lace. It’s so pretty, but working on it drives me crazy.

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  6. LDSVenus says:

    I am also a major stress avoider (is that even a word?). Took me several years to attempt cables for that reason. I love doing lace, just a series of yarn overs and decreases, I haven’t really attempted to do the lace patterns that have yarn overs on both sides of the work, but maybe someday I will :). But generally if the pattern is well written, lace is not hard, tho it’s not for mindless knitting and is a bit more time consuming and you gotta pay attention :P, but it can still be an enjoyable knit. 🙂

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  7. GOOD for you. .I can manage a two row lace repeat most days. In a rare move, I’ll do a tricky lace pattern….but very rarely

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  8. RebSef says:

    I would like to try more lace patterns – I like the challenge of it growing

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  9. chrisknits says:

    Conventional wisdom says that lace knitting is when each row has a pattern to it, lacy knitting is when there are rows of just knitting between the rows with pattern. Not sure this is verified, but that is what I have always considered the definitions. Either way, EMBRACE THE LACE!!! Some patterns are just simple combinations of holes that create fun designs.

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  10. Kit Dunsmore says:

    I can relate to keeping your knitting from being stressful. This is why I am constantly looking for mindless knits that are still worth doing. But from time to time, I take on things that are more complicated because I’m bored. It’s hard to find a good balance between the two.

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  11. Alissa Head says:

    I’m with you on easy to remember for lace patterns. This one is lovely!

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  12. Stefanie says:

    I avoid lace. Simple eyelets drive me crazy in a project.

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