Mistress of Stitchjitsu

Over the weekend I finished my version of the Marsh Tee by Amy Palmer.Β  When I saw the pattern, it was love at first sight. I knew it was going to be a challenge, a real stretch of my current skill level, but when you’re in love ….

… all reason leaves you πŸ˜‚

So off I went in the direction of my dream. Quite boldly so, might I add 🀣

It was a bit of a tense affair. Like I said, I’m still new to lace knitting, this is but my 3rd attempt at it (here’s the 1st, and the second).Β  I started over 3 times I believe, getting further up the top each time. I wish there was a way you can rip off just a few wrong stitches (or offending rows) and go back seamlessly to a preferred point in the pattern [as with crochet]. Whenever I make a mistake in lace knitting I just frog all the way to stitch zero because the lace pattern is too confusing for me to decipher in a way that I can go back in without botching up the pattern.

Also, what is up with only noticing that you’ve made an error in the pattern when you’ve seamed both sides together already?!! Was the universe conspiring against me?! 🀨 (Could be that I’m just very excited to get this over with πŸ€”).

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In any case, if you are interested in making this beauty I would suggest that you stitch the back panel first, then the front. I did the front panel first, according to instructions. But when both front & back panels were finished there was a discrepancy in length (which was a surprise) that I had to add some more rows to the back panel. But since all the detail is in the back, this was not a very bright idea. Maybe should’ve ripped a few rows off the front panel instead (now why do I think of this just now πŸ˜†).

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I’m definitely wiser now 😁 and expect to do better next time. I learned how to make a V-neck this round too so, that’s a bonus. Having said this, methinks my next immediate projects will be crochet for the time being. I need to de-stress πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

10 thoughts on “Mistress of Stitchjitsu

    1. Aww, thank you so much ☺️ It was serious work and I’m glad I persevered because I’ve gotten such an education in lace knitting from the experience πŸ˜ƒ

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  1. That is awesome! You did a fantastic job! I recently heard of a method that is great for lace knitting. It’s called a lifeline. I am not sure if you thread it into a row that you know is correct or if you add it while doing the row. I am sure you can Google it. But when you place it into a row that you know is perfect, you can do a few rows and if you don’t have the correct stitch count or the pattern is off, You can rip back to the lifeline.

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  2. This is beautiful! You have amazing talent. Seriously, I would have never even noticed the “imperfections” you mentioned. Besides, I think those quirky spots add character – something that only occurs in a homemade item that was made with love. πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work!

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    1. Aww, thank you SO much for your kind words & encouragement πŸ’– πŸ’– You just gave me more confidence to continue improving my lace knitting skills. I really appreciate it πŸ™‚

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  3. There are videos on YouTube that show you how to put lifelines in. They are a sanity saver when you’re doing patterns that have lace. You could put a lifeline every – say – ten rows and mark the place in the pattern or chart where you put the lifeline (or if the lace pattern has a pattern repeat, at the end of each pattern repeat). Then if you have to frog a bit out, it will only frog out to the last lifeline and stop, and because you’ve marked that place in the pattern, you know exactly where you are.

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    1. You’re the second person to mention this and I think it’s a great idea, a sanity saver indeed πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely look it up before I embark on my next lace knitting project. Thank you so much! ❀ ❀

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