Nachtfalter Pattern Support: Hints and Tips for the Honeybee Lace

I LOVE the honeybee lace I used for the Nachtfalter top – but the written instructions can look a little intimidating. They’re so long and there’s all this dropping of yarn overs and this nasty fifth row with all the special instructions. But it actually isn’t that difficult. Trust me.

First, let’s break things down a little: This is actually two lace patterns rolled into one. We start with a column of fagotting (p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1 on RS). You might want to mark this in your printout if you tend to loose your place in the pattern – a neon highlighter will do the trick. After a few rows you’ll probably be able to do this part whithout looking at the pattern (it’s only a two-row-repeat over 5 sts).

Now we’ll look at the honeybee lace itself.

The first 4 rows are pretty straightforward lace knitting – just do exactly what the pattern tells you and you’ll be fine.

Should you run into trouble in row 5, take a peek at the pictures below. I broke the difficult bit down into many teeny, tiny steps which hopefully will make things clear.

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How to change Color in Ribbing

It’s been a while since I posted something (again a combination of having lots of things to do and little to write about). So I decided, I should at least start with something useful to make up for it.

My last post was about this cute little vest I knitted for my newly arrived cousin Simon (no, I still haven’t got any pictures of him wearing any of the knitted stuff). Since I was using up all sorts of odds and ends of cotton yarn, I had to play around with colors a bit and really liked the result, reminding me of spring and snowdrops, which we really yearn for here in central Europe. It’s officially been the dreariest winter with the fewest hours of sunshine since the beginning of weather recording. Blegh.

But I digress. For the ribbing around the armholes I wanted to use two colors as well – and while I was knitting, I remembered the difficulties I used to have with this a few years ago before I discovered this neat little trick.

Ribbing color change

How I used to do it – notice the transition in the purl bits?

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Knitting in the right direction

Some time ago I realized something about decreases in knitting. It’s nothing spectacular or new and probably most of you have made the same observation before. Still, I find it a nice little memory aid when I’m uncertain of which decrease to use next.

So, what is this grand new discovery?

Easy. The decrease will always lean to the side your right needle is pointing while you’re working it.

SSK and K2tog

K2tog decrease on the left – SSK decrease on the right side

For those who don’t knit or are just starting: Some decreases will lean to the left – the RIGHT stitch is sliding above the left of the two stitches you’re knitting together – for example in the ssk decrease, where you slip two stitches as if to knit, put them back on the left needle and then knit them together through the back loop. (The decrease marked SSK in the first picture) If you stack those decreases above each other, they’ll form a left leaning line that seems to gobble up the stitches to the left of it. Continue reading