1. Charts are my friend. They give me a better intuitive idea of what the layout of the pattern will look like.
2. When knitting in the round, because I
(a) knit from right to left and
(b)work only on the right side of the work,
read all rows from right to left. Where there are 4 pattern repeats per round,repeat 4 times reading the chart from right to left. Don't laugh at me. Okay, stop laughing, now.
3. I'm not sure if I do my yarn overs the same as everyone else. I draw the yarn under the RH needle and over the top. Which is fine where the next st is a knit st. However, I must be careful that a full st is formed where the following st is a purl. Otherwise, all I have achieved is bringing the yarn to the front of the work and no st is formed at all.Think about it. I did. After I lost 4 sts in one round. Okay, I'm smiling now.
4. The most likely mistake I am going to make in lace knitting is missing a yarn over, and losing sts. I must watch for these.
5. I must keep a note of which row I am up to at all times, as I can be interrupted whilst knitting at any time.
6. A stitch marker at the beginning of the round is absolutely indespensible with this kind of pattern. When it sits between purl stitches, the hanging part of the st marker sits at the back of the work and will always want to sit at the front of the work, so I get lots of practice flipping it back over. Imagine my fringe falling into my eyes also, with me trying to blow my hair into place until I can get to the hairdressers, so as not to let go of my needles and drop stitches.
7. If one lace pattern gives you the absolute %&A#)'s, then try another one. Don't just give up on the style of knitting.
8. To say that I was disappointed with the colourway of this yarn when it arrived would be an enormous understatement, as I was expecting something much more saturated. Now I understand that a good pattern choice can redeem a colourway which would otherwise be relegated to the bottom of an unloved sock yarn drawer. (In all fairness, this yarn is as soft as butter and a pleasure to work with, and I will not shy away from muted colourways anymore!)
9.I have to knit myself some of these! (Have I mentioned this before?)