Boost Your Knitting: Fixing Mistakes in Lace
I’ve watched a lot of Jen Arnall-Culliford video tutorials. I’ve embraced intarsia (with a sort of half-hug but it is sincere). I’ve learned a pinhole cast on. Jen is the calmest teacher imaginable through whatever wacky thing she’s showing us.
Today, we’re going to the next level.
In this brand-new tutorial, part of Boost Your Knitting: Another Year of Techniques, Jen dismantles a screwed-up lace pattern and fixes it.
I can’t really express how liberating it is to see this video.
I wrote recently about the art of fudging. Many of my fudges have involved errors with lace. And the only lace I typically knit is in a shawl—you know, those 400-stitch rows that are a triumph to complete, one by one. Finding a mistake twenty rows down is absolutely an exercise in letting go.
Part of the problem was that I thought the only way back was a lifeline and the solemn moment where you make a giant pile of wrinkled yarn at your feet.
But this tutorial! Such a game changer in terms of giving me a method for fixing it.
There Is Another Way
Today’s tutorial shows exactly how to undo a section of lace and reknit it. It’s 22 minutes long. It makes total sense. It requires an order of steps and a quiet place where the cat won’t pull your pins out. (This is probably the biggest challenge I’ll face when I do this.)
It’s such a magic trick. I encourage you to watch this, even if you’re not a lace knitter. It is a lesson in order, and methodical work, and being deliberate. It’s just so good.
As Jen reminds us, “Sometimes we should step out of our comfort zone.” The feeling of accomplishment that comes with this is so satisfying. Thanks, Jen, for leading us through the quadruple bypass of knitting, piece of cake.
Joji’s Shawl Is Magnifique
The Boost Your Knitting design for this month is the Sterlyn Shawl by none other than the extremely clever Joji Locatelli. This is lace at its most approachable, a great place to begin. So pretty!
How to Get in on Boost Your Knitting
We may be the biggest fans of Jen and Jim Arnall-Culliford. They have developed a way of learning new knitting skills that combines great designers, useful techniques, and beautiful yarns. Boost Your Knitting features a new project and a new technique each month, for the coming year. You can read all the details about signing up for the Boost Your Knitting book and yarn kits right here.
We’ll be featuring each month’s project and video tutorials here on MDK—the videos are worth watching no matter what. But we hope you’ll sign up for the full Boost Your Knitting series, because there is a ton of good stuff ahead. (We peeked!)