|After blocking laying flat.|
|Against the light.|
When I started it I thought it was going to be an easy project. Well, I was wrong. It took me a while to get it but once I did... everything went just smooth and fine.
* Pattern: Harebell Fichu.
* Book: Victorian Lace Today.
* Yarn: Einband (Icelandic lace).
* Weight: 62g (So it was one ball and a little more)
* Needles: 3.5mm
|Pattern detail: I would say that these are flowers, aren't they?|
Things I learned:
* How to make a picot edge.
|Picot edge detail against the light.|
* Attatching the lace section to the band making joins along live stitches that lay perpendicularly to the direction of knitting (wow this sounds weird!). Look at this diagram I draw to (maybe) understand the idea a little bit better. The joins look actually really good. They are very even and somehow invisible.
|Section. It is possible to see the joins that are right below the band (where the inverted V is)|
* First of all, to understand the pattern and the construction of the Fichu (Diagram).
* In terms of knitting I HATED making the S1K4togPSSO (Slip one stitch was ok. Knit 4 stitches together was TERRIBLE! And passing the slipped stitched over was a piece of cake :p)
* Blocking: This is the first rounded lace project that I knit and blocking it was a real challenge. The challenge was to have it even and nicely rounded and well proportioned. It took me over an hour to get it done (and a lot of sweating and pain in the knees and back!). I started by pinning the inner circle trying to have as rounded as possible.Then I put one pin in each picot trying to stretch it evenly. After having the outer circumference all pinned I just removed the inner pins... they were no longer necessary.
I think that the time, sweat and pain definetely paid off!
|Against the light.|
Final thoughts: It was really nice to knit this piece even though all the difficulties (from which I learned a few new things :) The Fichu is very light and airy and the lace pattern is just beautiful. If you have the book... definetely give it a try!