I changed my mind; I’ve decided to just make one swatch surrounding all sides with seed stitch. Instead of 40 stitches, cast on 44 stitches, with the first and last 4 stitches in seed stitch. Knit two repeats as before. When completed make sure to block your swatch, as this will even the stitches, open up the lace, and flatten the edges.
I came across a site Laylock, whose focus is shawls and lace knitting. One of their projects is a lace sampler inserted into a frame, used as a holder for earrings or keys (Sunday Morning Knitting Project – free download). This is definitely worth checking out.
It can be frustrating for beginners when you are following a row, and the instructions ask you to yarn over (yo) between a purl and knit stitch, or at the beginning of a row. Now how do you do this?
Tip 2: Yarn Overs
- Yarn Over Between Knit Stitches – Work to where you want the yarn over. With the right hand wrap the yarn around the needle by bringing the yarn to the front of the work from underneath the needle. A loop of yarn is on your right needle; this is the new stitch. When you return to this extra strand of yarn on the next row, work it as a stitch. You will notice a hole created by this new stitch.
- Yarn Over Between Purl Stitches – With the right hand bring the yarn to the back of the needle from over top the right needle. This is the new stitch.
- Yarn Over Between a Knit and Purl Stitch – Bring the yarn from the back to the front, then over the right needle to the back, and to the front again. You are ready to purl the next stitch.
- Yarn Over at the Beginning of a Row – This yarn over through me for a loop (no pun intended), when I came across it. It is a bit unusual. If your first stitch is a knit, set the right needle over top the working yarn. With the right hand bring the working yarn over top the right needle and underneath towards the back, then knit the next stitch. If the first stitch is a purl, bring the working yarn over top the right needle and underneath towards the front, so the yarn is in the correct position to purl the first stitch.
Now back to my project. I blocked my swatch and put it into a modern frame. In retrospect, I think a solid, ivory yarn would have made a better contrast with the black background. You could also insert the lace swatch into a wooden frame, by stretching and tacking the swatch onto the back of the frame, as in the Sunday Morning Knitting Project. The framing ideas are endless – even showcasing a series of framed lace samplers would look great.
I hope my little project has inspired you to create lace samplers, and showcase them in your own way.