Dear readers - you may have realised I have taken on a large lace project with a deadline.
Until yesterday all was going very well - chart A is a series of yarn overs and knitting two stitches together in one direction and purl in the other. This is a free pattern so it isn't as fully written out or charted as a lot of purchased patterns are.
How to set up rows is a bit vague especially if you are new to charts and lace, which I am not but it did take me a minute to work this out. The first and last 3 stitches as well as the center stitch are not charted and it isn't clear which way to read the chart as only 1/2 of the shawl is charted - this is ok for chart A but when you get to chart B this is not ok. Chart B is lace knitting both rows back and forth - and not a symmetrical pattern.
Bring on the life line and Ravelry forums. The first is a must and the second is helpful although there is a great amount to wade through before my specific question was answered. This was -
How do I do this?
The difficulty being that the chart is neither mirrored nor symmetrical. So I knitted the first row, row 5, then as I started the next row I realised that I needed to read row 5 left to right and then left to right again. I also added another marker in the middle of the 32 pattern repeat, this really helps as I kept losing concentration and my place over 32 stitches. Row 6 is knitted reading left right and then left right again.
So this morning I took an hour to sit and concentrated on these first 2 rows. Wish me luck for the next 2, then the remaining lots.
Chart C looks like it is much easier.
10 days to go til I need to finish this to allow time to block. Will I make it?