How to read a lace chart

by Margaret
(Middle of the Mitten)

Submitted Wed Jul 13 16:47:39 2011 EDT

I am including a photo of the lace chart in question. I read fairisle, and cable charts but have never done lace before this. How do I read a chart that has half of it missing? Just go across the missing part doing nothing and do the parts that are there?

I'm sure all of you that know this already are laughing and so am I since what else could you do but frogging lace is not something I want to have to do. Thank you for your help.
Submitted Wed Sept 6, 2011

Sorry for the late reply, Margaret. I was on vacation.
Your question about "frogging lace". -:) Let's try to understand logic of this lace. Picture is not very clear and I am not able to distinguish any stitches in it unfortunately. Nevertheless...

1. This is a chart for knitting in rows (but circles). Chart consists of two parts:

- lower one describes body of the lace. (it can be shawl, scarf, blouse, etc.)

- top chart belongs to the edging part which can be around a shawl, for instance.

2 On the lower (lace body) part you can see a brown rectangle frame equal to 24 (? can not see clear) stitches. In order to make a lace you have to repeat a pattern of that rectangles as many times as necessary for the length of your shawl, for example. Those confusing triangles on the left and right of your rectangular are only parts of the pattern presented in that brown frame.

Obviously pattern consists of some increases and decreases which allow to keep number of stitches inside that frame the same from row to row.

3. Top part (edging) has a brown rectangle which belongs to the repeating part of the chart. Decreases and increases inside of that rectangular will keep width of the rectangle the same from row to row. At those white/empty spaces which you can see inside is the easiest part. They just mean "do nothing". -:) Continue your pattern and do not pay attention at them.


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