# Lace pattern help

Hello
I’m about to tackle a tricky project that has some lace work I understand how to do the lace from the below instructions but I don’t understand what this means?

“with 1 edge st. additionally at each end”

Thank you

Lace pattern A: no. of sts. mult of 6, with 1
edge st. additionally at each end.
Row 1: *P2, K2, P2, rep from *.
Row 2: work sts. as they appear.
Row 3: *P2, K1, yarn-over, K1, P2 (= 7 sts.), rep
from *.
Row 4: *K2, P3, K2, rep from *.
Row 5: *P2, K3, then slip the 1st of these 3 over
sts. 2 and 3, P2 (= 6 sts.), rep from *. Work row
1 once, then rep rows 2-5 throughout for patt.

Sometimes you see this described as a multiple of 6 plus 2. It means that you can work the pattern over multiples of 6 sts (e.g.,12,18,24,30, etc) which is the initial repeat with the addition of 2 sts at the ends (totals of 14,20,26,32 sts, etc). The pattern may give directions for how to work the edge sts.
Which pattern are you following?

Ahhhh ok that makes sense.

This pattern is a bit of a test for me so apologies I have another question already!

How do I knit this ?

Crossways ribs: alt 2 rows rev st-st (= P RS
rows; K RS rows) and 2 rows st-st

It requests i begin as so:

METHOD
Back: cast on 110(122) sts. and P 1 WS row, then
work 9 cm = 36 rows crossways ribs, inc 12 sts.
evenly across last WS row (= make 1 purlwise tbl

I’m not sure how to knit the crossway rib? If it is asking me to knit 1 p row first in the back and this is then a ws row?
And then I start the rib?

It’s a bit confusing

It’s this free dress pattern I’m knitting from Love Knitting.com
Design 6630 / Red Mini Dress

Thank you again
S
X

Cast on and work the WS purl row. Now begin the crossways rib. It seems to me that the crossways rib should define rev st st as P RS rows; K WS rows.

Row 2 (RS) purl (Put a marker on the RS as a reminder of which is the RS)
Row 3 knit
Row 4 (RS) knit
Row 5 purl
rwpeat

Thank you fir your help I’m now on my 3rd attempt at this pattern!!

I don’t really understand how the edge stitch idea works, I understand that on the lace pattern you have an edge stitch at either end I presume this is a knit stitch?
But then what happens when I’m instructed to bind off at either end?
Do I then create a new edge stitch? Or continue in the pattern with no edge stitch?
I’m about ready to give up on this pattern it’s very confusing to me x

Thank you

S

Yes, you can work the edge sts as knit stis. It’s really your preference if it’s not specified in the pattern.
Think of the edge stitch as outside the instructions when it comes to the “bind off of one stitch at each end” or an increase at each end. So work the edge stitch, then decrease one stitch (a k2tog or ssk are better than a bind off here) and continue with the pattern across to 3sts from the end, decrease and work the edge stitch. The same goes for the increases.
It might help to test out the lace pattern with the edge sts on a small swatch. Try out the decreases and increase just inside the edge sts.

Later in the pattern when you get to the armhole bind off (which is indeed a bind off of multiple sts) you can establish a new edge stitch. That’ll make it easier when you get to the Finishing and you have to crochet and edge around the armholes and neck.

Oh that was so, so helpful!

Thank you I shall have another bash at it!

I’m sure I’ll be picking your brain once again when I do actually (if ever) get to the armhole xx

Thank you
S

Came back again anytime. All your effort is going to be worth it, I’m sure.