1. Lace work is not bad on a huge circular needle.
2. Don’t show anyone your lace until you have blocked it. They will think you didn’t ball-roll a skein correctly or you are knitting a handbag. It looks like crap until blocked.
3. Repeats can be nasty if you don’t understand just how many the author really wants you to do.
4. Knitting charts are pretty awesome and easier for me to read than k2tog, k1, pssoldjmsnsh, sskldotmsk1,etc.
5. You can begin to memorize the repeat so that you don’t have to keep looking at the chart.
6. You can be fooled into thinking that you have the repeat memorized.
7. Yarn overs (I call them mouse-overs in my head, since I’m a tech nerd), are the easiest to miss, but the easiest to fix on the purl side.
8. Nupps are the worst thing ever invented. They can easily be replaced with beads.
9. Beads are actually pretty easy if you have the correct size crochet needle and beads.
10. Beads can save your butt if you forget to put needle caps on your needles and end up dropping 4 rows of stitches while your knitting sloshes around in your bag. (this happened last night. I almost scrapped the entire project, but realized the drops were stopped by the beads, and I was able to pick them back up.)
11. Lifelines of dental floss are essential. Unfortunately, I haven’t implemented this yet.
12. STITCH MARKERS ON REPEATS!!!! I don’t think it would be possible without them.
13. Count every stitch and every repeat as many times as possible. When you knit the repeat, after you knit the repeat, before you purl the repeat, and after you purl the repeat. You will be glad you did.
14. Lace work sucks if you can’t count.
15. NEVER choose a lace wedding shawl as your second knitting project, no matter how well-intentioned.
Actually, this piece has been a frustrating experience, but I have learned soooo much from it. I am excited to finish it and move on to another challenging project.
Happy knitting, crocheting, drawing, quilting, needle-pointing, painting, or however you choose to create with your hands!!!