Victory over Lace Knitting, 101

Gather round, my friends, and I will tell my lace knitting secrets. Since I have discovered these things, lace knitting has been a lot more fun and a lot less stress.

“Ah, ” they murmur, “words of wisdom from a knitting sage.”

“Not!” say I. Yes, my knitting has matured. But it’s the changes in the preparation that have made all the difference. Let me show you my set-up for lace knitting.

First, the hardware. I have a large cookie sheet/jelly roll pan upside down under the chart. It provides the steel surface for the magnet line markers. The cookie sheet is sitting on my music stand, adjusted to eye level for my chair. (Yes, I know you aren’t all performing musicians with a music stand handy.) I have been through several other ways to display the cookie sheet: on my kitchen bar, with me sitting at the counter; on a TV tray, with a notebook underneath to tip the top of the chart up. This is my favorite.

Now, the “software”, the chart itself. Take a look: first, I sat down with my

colored pencils and colored in each symbol. (Here, I’ve used blue for K2Tog, green for SSK, etc.)

Then I counted all the runs of just plain knitting, and wrote the number in the first knit square I come to. The designer was kind enough to print the number for any stretch of knitting greater than 10 stitches. I found myself repeatedly pausing in my knitting to count. It’s more satisfying to get all that counting done ahead of time, and let the knitting flow. You’re gonna do it anyway!

This picture shows the center of the chart. It came printed as two pages, and the designer has been kind enough to highlight in pale orange both the center stitch and the bottom of the chart. The bottom line has already been knit on the preceding chart; it is shown here as a starting point, not to be knit again. Likewise, the center stitch is shown on both the left and right chart, as a reference point. I have elected to trim off the left margin on the right chart and overlap these two orange stitches, scotch-taping the two pieces into one large chart.

“Can we knit yet? Are we there yet?”

Yes, my knitting friends, we are ready to knit! This is one of the charts from Secret of the stole-ii. The first clue of Secret of the Stole-iii comes out August 15th! Sharpen your pencils, there’s much to do!



  1. Yvonne said,

    August 13, 2008 at 10:27 am

    This is great! I’m doing my first charted lace, SOTSiii. This will be so helpful. I really appreciate the time you took to do this.

  2. AlisonH said,

    August 13, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    I read written-outs as something I can visualize as I go, whereas with a brain injury, the charts are gobbledygook. Looking at your set-up, I can actually see how they could be clear and useful, to someone else; thank you for that.

  3. Birdsong said,

    August 13, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    These are awesome tips and inspiring even if I don’t have a music stand.

  4. JJ said,

    August 13, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    How do you get into Secret of the Stole III?

    Your information is very helpful, now to put it to use.

  5. Vicky said,

    August 13, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I look for music stands at garage sales. The last 2 I bought cost me under $5!

  6. Knitnana said,

    August 20, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Great idea! I’d heard the music stand suggestion before (but no, I’m not a musician…I keep hoping to come across one in my yardsale, thrift shop hops!)
    And good ideas all thru on the chart helps!

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