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Decreasing stitches in a lace pattern! HELP!

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I decided to challenge myself and knit the lace back top from Let's Knit Issue 95 (August). It has a lace pattern over 4 rows (WS purl), but it has to be decreased to shape the armholes. The last 8 rows have given me a bigger headache than the previous 30cms. I've even taken to drawing myself out a sort of chart, which has helped a little bit. Any top tips before I lose any remaining shreds of sanity?

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A chart is a very good help so you can see exactly how the lace pattern goes.

 

Also you could use a lifeline. This is where you thread a spare piece of yarn through your sts and if you have to pull it out the sts won't go down any further than the lifeline.

 

See http://www.yarn.com/videos/video/how-to-use-a-lifeline-in-knitting/

 

 

 

Edited to add - sorry I meant to say welcome to the forum

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I had recently glanced something about lifelines but hadn't really paid much attention to it.  I put a lifeline in earlier and although I had to pull it back three times, then manually pull it back another two rows to sort a problem, putting the lifeline in was exactly that - a lifeline!  I will *never* knit a complicated (by my standards!) pattern again without them.  It meant I could sort out the lace pattern placement after the decrease too.  So now I am away again... until the next problem!

 

And thank you for the welcome!  I'm 38 and was taught to knit as a child by my mum, who died in '04.  I have loved picking up the needles again recently.  I started Rowan's Martin Storey KAL last year and finished it two weeks ago - now claimed by my 15 year old daughter!  I've been hit but the knitting bug again at the moment.

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So pleased you got it sorted. If you have any more problems just give me a shout.

 

Why not pop in on Knitty Chat and meet the other knitters on here

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