Dear, dear lace knitters, I need your help.
You may recall that I planned to start the Ogee Lace Skirt while I'm here in Berlin. I have the Rowan Bamboo Tape, the pattern and the needles. I should be good to go.
Yesterday I made multiple attempts to work a swatch. I failed miserably. A swatch. It doesn't look good for me if I can't get past the swatch. If you have Interweave Knits, Summer 2007 kindly turn to pay 112 for the gauge notes. For those who don't have the magazine, it says to work 20 sts and 28 rows of lace repeat. Now turn the page to 114 for the chart.
I can't even get started b/c charts mess with me. I see Egyptian hieroglyphs. But never mind the symbols, because there's just something off about what I'm think I'm supposed to be doing.
There's a red box around 20 columns in the chart and the notes say that that's the "pattern repeat."
First question: Am I supposed to work the pattern in the red box for my swatch?
However, I don't think this pattern works if I only knit 20 sts per row. The following "chart" is similar enough to illustrate my question:
_ = k on rs, p on ws
x = p on ws, k on rs
Notice that there are 5 knits before the 3 purls in the first row. After the last 3 purls there are only 4 knits. On row 2, I'm supposed to then purl 5 times. Here's the catch. If I purl 5 times, I'm not really lined up with the pattern, since I only just knit 4 stitches. Does that make sense?
To get around this weirdness, I figured I'd knit a 21 stitch swatch and just account for that when I measure it. But here's the other catch, on the edges of the real pattern repeat are these funny sl1 psso stitches. So the more I knit of the pattern, the more off my stitch count gets.
Second Question: How are you supposed to swatch a lace pattern? I'm not super keen to just knit 20 rows of the full pattern before I figure out my gauge.
What do you guys think? Maybe I should see if this Addi "needle" will just knit the whole thing for me.