As well as Christmas socks, I have been knitting on my Brick House pinwheel sweater, and am rapidly approaching the point where I have to make a decision. You see, the pattern calls for a wide band of crochet lace around the body of the sweater and at the sleeve cuffs, but I don’t crochet. I know the mechanics of it, but I don’t enjoy it, and it makes my hands hurt, and I’m not too fussed on the fabric created. So I’m going to use a knitted lace instead (and let’s not get into the whole knitted lace/lace knitting thing here – I know there is a difference, I just can’t remember which is which), but the question is, which lace?
I’ve been busily researching the subject, and I have swatched, and narrowed it down to a short-list of four possibilities, but I can’t decide. Therefore, I am consulting the Bloggy Oracle (that would be you).
Here we have Swatch the First:
This is from the Cathedral Windows Shawl by Liz Haywood for YARN Magazine #6 April 2007. On the right, we have it exactly as written in the pattern, with doubled yarn-overs in the edging, and on the left, I’ve modified it slightly, with just a single YO. I’ll call these swatches 1A and 1B respectively.
Swatch the Second:
The same pattern, only I worked it in Garter stitch instead of Stocking Stitch.
And finally, Swatch the Third:
I am leaning towards swatch 1B for several reasons, not least because Cathedral Windows is already set up to be knit around the outside of a circular garment, while Catharina is designed to be knit back-and-forth and thus would require some recalibration, which really isn’t an option this close to Christmas – my brain just ain’t up to it, people. However, I am not set in stone on this, and would love to hear what you have to say on the subject.
P.S. I am also swatching for the final pair of Christmas socks. I had always planned to use the Orchid Socks pattern with this yarn (in fact, I bought the yarn with this pattern in mind), but now that I see it knit up, I just don’t know. Do we hates it?
Colour reproduction is horrible here – it’s not really that drab grey; it is actually a rather pretty lilac marl TOFUtsies .