Ohhhhh I know what ya mean, and I feel your pain! I’m not an expert lace knitter either, and this past Fall, I embarked upon my first lace scarf!
Here are a few tips from one newbie lace knitter to another:
[B]Use stitch markers [/B]to mark the beginning and end of row repeats!
At the end of EVERY ROW…[B]do a “head count”.[/B] Are there any extra stitches? Are there any missing stitches? Don’t proceed to your next row til you have done your head-count. Treat them like little kids on a bus!
If there are [COLOR=Blue]too many stitches[/COLOR], you have [COLOR=Blue]probably done an extra yarn[/COLOR] [COLOR=Blue]over [/COLOR]by accident. If there are [COLOR=Red]too few stitches,[/COLOR] you have[COLOR=Red] probably left out[/COLOR] [COLOR=Red]a yarn over [/COLOR]before or after a K2T. [B]TINK [/B]BACK to the location of the error, and [B]fix it.
[/B] 4) After you have successfully done 6 rows…[B]install a LIFELINE [/B]in the 6th row. (Amy has a good video clip about lifelines) A lifeline is a “safety net”. When you know that all of those 6 rows are GOOD…then if you mess up on a few rows up…you can rip out all the work back to row 6…and pick up those stitches off the lifeline…and you know where the heck to start again!
- If you are working from a chart/graph…[B]color code ALL SYMBOLS[/B] for easier indentification! Color code with colored pens, pencils or highlighters. If your chart is small, or in a book that you cant’ mark up…make an enlarged copy for your color-coding. I do this for cable work, too!
NOTE: I finally ended up placing lifelines at the end of every 12 rows, because that marked a full row repeat. But, I would suggest that you start by installing lifelines more frequently til you feel comfortable. Lifelines are like “backing up your 'puter”!
[B] NOTE: I can’t overemphasize the importance of stitch markers.[/B] It keeps you straight about where you are in the row…and when you get to the end of the row…you know exactly how many stitches should be residing between each stitch marker. It makes it so much easier to do the “head count”…and to identify which section has the problem of a lost stitch, or an extra stitch!
NOTE: the mistake I made [I]most frequently [/I]was related to those darn “yarn overs”! ACK!