Advice please 🙂

Hello all! I’ve been knitting on and off for years. I recently started trying to do more complex patterns and lace. For some reason I can’t seem to get my work to look as crisp and distinct as the picture. Does anyone have any advice?

What pattern are you making? If you have a link it would be helpful. Don’t post the pattern here though due to copyright issues.

Lace needs to be blocked to open up the eyelets and lacy pattern. I’m sure the pattern picture is blocked. If you provide a link or name I can maybe look it up for you.