Thursday, December 7, 2006

Decisions, decisions

I was originally thinking I'd do the "Large Rectangle with center diamond pattern" on pg 20, since I'm fairly new to lace and it's an "Easy" pattern. But I am terribly tempted by the "Scarf with the No. 20 edging" on page 84... however, I'm somewhat terrified by the Notes saying "Match the tension of the bind-off to the cast-on edge", so maybe not. On the other hand, I'm also lusting after the "Large rectangle in leaf and trellis pattern" on page 54. What to do, what to do...

~ Cheryl S.

4 comments:

Stitchcounter said...

I don't think you should let the tension warning scare you away. Depending on the yarn that you are using, blocking could compensate for any differences. Either way, both cast-on and bind-off should be done very loosely so if you do that you should (in theory) by fine. Remember, you could use a larger needles size for both.

Janice in GA said...

With respect, blocking won't fix a too-tight cast on or bind off. Using larger needles for caston/bind off is a good way to go about it.

Sande Francis said...

Those instructions shouldn't scare you. You can alter your cast on until it's as loose as it needs to be, then when it comes to bind off time, use progressively larger needles in the right hand until the matching tension is reached.

I think I'd be tempted to do a provistional cast on and then bind off both ends at the same time.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the suggestions! I always worry too much about these things.