Lace pattern question

Hi! It has literally been forever that I have posted here. However, I am happy to know that if I have a problem, I can always come here for help.
So my question is this:
I’m working on a rectangular lace shawl. The instructions say to work from one end half way, and repeat for the other end, then graft the two pieces together in the middle. I understand how and why this is done.
But is there any reason I cant just stop halfway, then work the chart backward and continue on toward the other end, thus removing the need to graft?
TIA for any insights.:aww:

ETA: the only stitches this pattern uses are k, p, yo, k2tog, k2tog-bl, and sl2-k1-p2sso.

Yes, there’s a reason. With lace you can’t readily substitute the decs for incs, so working it upside down just doesn’t quite work nor will it look the same. You can CO a sample of just the sts used in the pattern repeat and try it.

Ok. Kind of what I thought. I just hate grafting. LOL. Thanks for your help. Have a great day!

You could do a 3 needle BO instead. Would make a kind of seam, but may not be too noticeable if you keep it really loose.

Thanks. That sounds like a great idea!