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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2006 06:59:28 PM »

When knitting lace, it's completely normal for the yarn to seem too fine for the needles you're using. That's how you end up with a lovely, light fabric. So no worries about that.   

There are a couple things that I didn't learn until after I'd knit a couple of lace projects that now I find really helpful. Sorry if I'm repeating things you already know, but for some reason these things weren't obvious to me.  Smiley  If you haven't done lace before, you might want to try using wooden or bamboo needles. Metal can be too slippery sometimes, making it easy for stitches to escape. And another thing that helps is to use stitch markers between repeats of the pattern. If you make a mistake and end up with too many or too few stitches, the markers make it easy to figure out where exactly the problem is.

You should definitely give it a try! It's really fun to watch how the fabric looks as it grows, and you will get lots of ooh-ing and aah-ing from friends.  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2006 06:58:51 PM »

thank you so much for your advice , there are some things that they dont tell you in all the lace articles ive been reading. I am going to cast on tonight!

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« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2006 09:00:20 AM »

I would really like to make it,but there's no chances to get a patern overhere in Slovenija...

oo, someone from my part of world:) finally:)

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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2006 12:27:33 AM »

Nice to meet you overhere,have you got the patern already??
« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2006 06:50:37 PM »

Does anyone have progress reports on their shawls? Mine is going okay. I only have three more of the budding lace left, so I'll be interested to see how the switch to the next lace pattern goes.
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2006 04:59:55 PM »

Well, I switched to the next section and about twenty stitches into the second row of that, I remembered that Lily of the Valley lace is hard. I just can't get that purl 5 together thing right, for some reason. I'm never sure if the tip of the right needle is going through all 5 stitches in the way that it should, and then if I pull it back out to make sure, suddenly there are only 4 stitches where there most definitely should be 5. Grr. Any suggestions?
« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2006 09:53:40 PM »

basically i knit qutie loosely. and especially for the nupps, i applied the least strength when i do the k1 yo k1 yo k1. If these 5 sts are done loosely, you should be able to draw the loop through the 5 sts.

good luck with the nupps.

« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2006 12:53:31 PM »

hey all i actually finished about a week ago but due to camera issues haven't had a chance to post pics. hopefully this week sometime though. mine came out a bit small but like i said before i probably should have gone up a needle size or two. i still love the results. someone posted a pretty good solution to the nupp issue on one of the other knitalong pages that worked for me. instead of doing purl 5 tog. do slip the first three (of the five) knit two together and pass the three slip stitches over.  abbrev. it would look like: s3k2p. it seemed to give the same results i tried to purl five together for two rows before getting really frustrated. i hope that helps and if you need clarification just ask I'm not always the best at explaining things without a visual aid!

« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2006 03:29:31 PM »

Thanks for the advice! I will try again and see if things go better.
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2006 11:21:03 AM »

5 p tog. = a disaster.
But I managed it (just slip 4, p the 5th and pass over the 4 slipst.)

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