An Education in Lace Grafting: Lace Pattern 2
Grafting Two-Sided Lace: Lace Pattern 2
Lace Pattern 2 is a garter-stitch-based lace. It’s worked over a multiple of seven stitches, plus one. The instructions here are for a swatch worked over twenty-nine stitches.
For the grafting, I used Rows 3 and 4 of the lace chart (Row 3 for the grafted row itself and Row 4 for the provisional cast-on row). I chose these two rows because I didn’t want to have to deal with the double decrease on Row 1. It’s possible to graft a double decrease, but it’s slightly more complicated than grafting a single decrease, and I like to go for the easier option whenever possible. Row 3 contains a left-slanting ssk decrease and Row 4 contains a right-slanting p2tog decrease (as it’s viewed from the right side of the work, not how it was worked on a wrong-side row).
THE GRAFTING SEQUENCES
Five sequences are used to graft Pattern 2: Sequences A, C, E, G, and K.
THE PROVISIONAL CAST-ON
Crochet Chain Method
1. With crochet hook and cotton waste yarn, chain about 35 sts. Break yarn and pull tail through last st.
2. Turn chain over so the bumps in the back of the chain are visible. With knitting needle and working yarn, beginning in 3rd st from last st of chain, pick up and knit sts in the chain, placing the yarnovers from Row 4 of the chart as foll (reading chart Row 4 from left to right, counting each decrease symbol as one picked-up st): pick up and knit 4 sts, yo and skip a chain, pick up and knit 1 st, *pick up and knit 5 sts, yo and skip a chain, pick up and knit 1 st; rep from * 2 more times, pick up and knit 2 sts—29 sts.
Alternate Crochet Chain Method
1. With crochet hook and cotton waste yarn, work 29 chain sts onto a knitting needle.
2. With knitting needle and working yarn, work as foll: k4, yo, drop a chain st from needle, k1, *k5, yo, drop a chain st from needle, k1; rep from * 2 more times, k2—29 sts.
Waste Yarn Method
1. With cotton waste yarn, cast on 25 sts. Work in St st for about 1″, ending with a RS row. Break yarn.
2. With WS facing and working yarn, k4, yo, k1, *k5, yo, k1; rep from * 2 more times, k2—29 sts.
WORK THE LACE PATTERN
Work Rows 1–4 of lace chart as desired. Bind off all sts. For the second part of the swatch, cast on 29 sts (not provisionally) and work Rows 1–4 of the lace chart as many times as desired, ending with Row 2. Break the yarn, leaving a tail about 5 times the width of the swatch for grafting. (I like to block the swatches before grafting so that I can make sure the tension of the grafted stitches matches the blocked gauge. I also block after grafting to even out any irregularities in the grafted row.)
CREATE AN EXTRA LOOP ON THE PROVISIONAL CAST-ON ROW USING THE CAST-ON TAIL
FOLLOWING THE GRAFTING CHART
Thread the working yarn onto a tapestry needle.
Work Sequence C two times:
As before, make sure to use the half loop at the very edge of the upper piece for Step 2 of the first sequence or the grafted stitches will not align correctly with the stitches on the upper piece. This completes the two-stitch garter border.
BEGIN THE REPEATED SEQUENCES
*Work Sequence K once:
Work Steps 1–4 of Sequence K as for Sequence C.
Work Step 5 of Sequence K
Work Step 6 of Sequence K over same two stitches on upper piece as first part of sequence.
Work Step 7 of Sequence K. Note the first yarnover on the upper piece.
Work Sequence G once:
Work Step 1 of Sequence G on the other side of the yarnover on the upper piece.
Work Step 2 of Sequence G.
Work Sequence E once:
Work Step 1 of Sequence E, skipping the first stitch on the lower piece and working into the second stitch.
Work Step 2 of Sequence E in the first stitch on the lower piece.
Work Step 3 of Sequence E.
Work Step 4 of Sequence E.
Work Step 5 of Sequence E.
Work Sequence A three times:
Note: These three sequences should always be centered above the left-slanting double decrease that was worked on Row 1 of the lace pattern. This is the end of the repeated set of sequences.
Repeat from * 2 more times:
Second set of repeated sequences complete.
Third set of repeated sequences complete.
Work the remaining sequences outside the red repeat box:
Note: they’re the same as the repeated sequences, but end with two Sequence C’s, instead of three Sequence A’s.
Remove the waste yarn and block the swatch to even out the grafted stitches.