Let’s Talk About Lace

A certain dog with wet feet just walked across my shawl after I readied it for a photo.

Anyway, when I think of soothing mindless knitting I often think of garter stitch. That’s probably why I enjoy knitting shawls with large swaths of garter stitch. It also is great for TV knitting. I like TV as background noise when I’m knitting.

But I came to a realization the other day. Lace is perfect knitting when you need a rest from the thoughts running through your mind. The rhythm of the short repeats such as p, k2tog, yo, k, yo, ssk done over and over give the mind something else to concentrate on. It’s a short mental vacation. I think we could all use one of those right now.

I’ve completed one repeat of the lace chart which has 24 rows. The pattern calls for doing 2 repeats. I’m not sure I have enough yarn for that but the pattern includes the information that you can stop after the 8th, 16th or 24th row. I’m sure I’ll make the 8th and probably the 16th. Maybe Monday or Tuesday I’ll be ready to block.

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25 Responses to Let’s Talk About Lace

  1. pammiemk says:

    I’m crocheting lace right now and I couldn’t agree with you more. It is a satisfying little puzzle to repeat. Your work looks gorgeous!

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  2. Marsha Noce says:

    Lace is a wonderful mind cleanser. I am so glad to hear my dogs are not the only ones that love for me to position my knitting for a photo so they can walk/lay on it.

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  3. I would have agreed with you, except on one row I’d missed one yo and that through out all subsequent rows and I had to rip out a whole lace section because I couldn’t work out how I could go down a few rows with a crochet hook like I could have done with a garter or stocking stitch. I tried and oh boy what a mess.

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    • But tinking back is a rest point in lace knitting;)
      Seriously if my lace is more than a 6-8 stitch repeat I put a stitch marker between each repeat so I find my mistakes quickly. This lace has a row of stockinette that never moves so that lets me know every repeat if I’m on track.

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  4. Erica says:

    Try having a cat that wants to play with the yarn while you knit. I’m having that problem right now.

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  5. I love mindless knitting with the TV on. But you are right. My mind needs a break every now and then, to focus on a strict pattern and not dwell on all of the wrong doings in the world today. Your shawl is looking beautiful. I can’t even tell that a funny four legged friend walked across it with wet paws.

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  6. Katherine says:

    Wow – gorgeous!

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  7. I look forward to seeing that lace blocked out!

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  8. yarnmama10 says:

    I completely 👍. Why do you think I almost always have lace work on the needles?? Garter bores me but lace is soothing and gratifying.

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  9. chrisknits says:

    You the lace!!! And that Miles photo is just sooooo adorable! My oldest, iNDy knows where the treat jar is, but I moved it recently, so he oft times is looking at the wrong spot. But he’s quickly catching on. That dog has a laser like focus on food!!!

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  10. I agree that something to occupy the mind is helpful now. I find myself stressing over the world situation and for me some fair isle is my solution. Nothing crazy, just something to focus my mind. Then off to some sewing! Your shawl is looking great.

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  11. sewadilly says:

    Your knitting is lovely! I may “need” to give your pattern a try. Hi to Myles (hug)

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  12. I completely agree! Sometimes I use knitting to aggressively not think about certain things and lace knitting is perfect for that!

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  13. i can do lace with bulky yarn only….WHICH KIND OF defeats the purpose,,,

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  14. It looks wonderful. I agree about lace, there are times when I need to occupy my mind so I can’t worry about other things.

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  15. Alissa Head says:

    That is a nice thought about lace. That’s how I felt when I was knitting Hitofude.

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  16. One of the best posts, I have ever come across. Not only did I learn lot of hidden things but also some technical stuff. Keep uploading and encouraging us.

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  17. Tony says:

    I love the concentration when I’m knitting lace patterns. But there has to be silence! Any noise results in a serious hard look and a lot of muttered swearing 🤬

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  18. barbfessler says:

    I also love knitting lace. Much better than knitting row after row.

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  19. It is just beautiful! Absolutely agree about knitting you have to focus on, like lace, being a real way to stop thinking about other things 🙂

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  20. I haven’t attempted lace yet but I’m almost ready to try it. I’ve ordered yarn and picked out a pattern. I find the charts slightly intimidating though. Your shawl looks pretty!

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  21. Stefanie says:

    That’s clever to think of lace knitting that way. After I finish my shawl, I may be in the mood to try one of those shawl patterns that have different sections of stitch patterns.

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  22. I get a bit frustrated with lace, but love how it looks in the end. Lace panels between garter stitch sounds better than all over lace to me. Lately, I’ve been obsessed by cables, watching them climb up the fabric as I knit is entrancing. I’m working on a sweater covered in cables right now, and it does require that same close focus that lace requires.


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