An Education in Lace Grafting: Lace Pattern 3

We’ve tripped through a couple of swatches, and now we are on our third lace pattern. This series with Joni Coniglio, Interweave Senior Project Editor and in-house lace expert, will have a total of eight installments. We are close to the end, and hope that by the time it is all said and done – your lace grafting skills will be tops!

Grafting Two-Sided Lace: Lace Pattern 3

Lace Pattern 3, the classic Frost Flowers, is one of my all-time favorite lace patterns. The pattern repeat is large (34 stitches), so I’ve only worked one repeat here and added 2 garter stitch selvedge stitches on each side, for a total of 38 stitches. If you want to make a larger piece, add 34 stitches for each additional repeat. Because the stitch repeat is so large, I’ve divided the grafting chart in two.

 

For the grafting, I used Rows 15 and 16 of the lace chart (Row 15 for the grafted row itself and Row 16 for the provisional cast-on row). I chose Rows 15 and 16 because the decreases in the center of the repeat come to a point and will serve as a useful landmark when grafting.

THE GRAFTING SEQUENCES

Eight sequences are used to graft Pattern 3: Sequences A, B, C, D, F, H, I, and J.

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THE PROVISIONAL CAST-ON

Crochet Chain Method

1. With crochet hook and cotton waste yarn, chain about 44 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 16 of the chart as foll (reading chart Row 16 from left to right, counting each decrease symbol as one picked-up st): pick up and knit 2 sts, *yo and skip a chain, pick up and knit 3 sts, yo and skip a chain, pick up and knit 6 sts, yo and skip a chain, pick up and knit 10 sts, yo and skip a chain, pick up and knit 7 sts, yo and skip a chain, pick up and knit 3 sts; rep from * only if working more than one repeat, pick up and knit 2 sts—38 sts.

Alternate Crochet Chain Method

1. With crochet hook and cotton waste yarn, work 38 chain sts onto a knitting needle.

2. With knitting needle and working yarn, work as foll: k2, *yo, drop a chain st from needle, k3, yo, drop a chain st from needle, k6, yo, drop a chain st from needle, k10, yo, drop a chain st from needle, k7, yo, drop a chain st from needle, k3; rep from * only if working more than one repeat, k2—38 sts.

Waste Yarn Method

1. With cotton waste yarn, cast on 33 sts (add 29 sts for each additional repeat). Work in St st for about 1″, ending with a RS row. Break yarn.

2. With WS facing and working yarn, k2, *yo, k3, yo, k6, yo, k10, yo, k7, yo, k3; rep from * only if working more than one repeat, k2—38 sts.

WORK THE LACE PATTERN

Work Rows 17–24 of Pattern 3 lace chart once, then repeat Rows 1–24 as desired. Bind off all sts. For the second part of the swatch, cast on 38 sts (not provisionally) and work Rows 1–24 of the lace chart as many times as desired, ending with Row 14. Break the yarn, leaving a tail about 5 times the width of the swatch for grafting.

CREATE AN EXTRA LOOP ON THE PROVISIONAL CAST-ON ROW USING THE CAST-ON TAIL

FOLLOWING THE FIRST HALF OF 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.

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BEGIN THE REPEATED SEQUENCES

*Work Sequence F once:

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Work Sequence D once:

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Work Sequence H once:

Work Steps 1–4 of Sequence H.

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Work Steps 5–7 of Sequence H, ending just before the first yarnover on the upper piece.

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Work Sequence F once:

Work Steps 1 and 2 of Sequence F on the other side of the yarnover on the upper piece.

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Work Sequence D once:

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Work Sequence B two times:

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Work Sequence A two times:

lace graftingWork Sequence F once:

Work Steps 1 and 2 of Sequence F, ending just before the second yarnover on the upper piece.

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Work Sequence A four times:

Work first Sequence A on other side of the yarnover on the upper piece.

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Work three more Sequence A’s.

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Work Sequence J once:

Work Steps 1–5 of Sequence J as for Sequence D.

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Work Steps 6–8 of Sequence J. This ends the first half of the repeated set of sequences.

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FOLLOWING THE SECOND HALF OF THE GRAFTING CHART

Work Sequence I once:

Work Steps 1–4 of Sequence I as for Sequence A.

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Work Steps 5–7 of Sequence I.

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Work Sequence A four times:

The sequences end just before the third yarnover on the upper piece.

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Work Sequence F once:

Work Steps 1 and 2 of Sequence F on the other side of the yarnover on the upper piece.

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Work Sequence A two times:

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Work Sequence B two times:

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Work Sequence H once:

Work Steps 1–4 of Sequence H.

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Work Steps 5–7 of Sequence H, ending just before the fourth yarnover on the upper piece.

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Work Sequence F once:

Work Steps 1 and 2 of Sequence F on the other side of the yarnover on the upper piece.

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Work Sequence D once:

lace graftingWork Sequence H once:

Work Steps 1–4 of Sequence H.

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Work Steps 5–7 of Sequence H, ending just before the fifth yarnover on the upper piece. This ends the repeated set of sequences. Repeat from the * only if working more than one repeat (and making sure to work the first Sequence F on the other side of the yarnover on the upper piece.

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Work Sequence C two times:

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Remove the waste yarn and block the swatch to even out the grafted stitches.

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TAKE ME TO PRACTICE SWATCH 1

TAKE ME TO PRACTICE SWATCH 2

TAKE ME TO LACE PATTERN 1

TAKE ME TO LACE PATTERN 2

TAKE ME TO LACE PATTERN 3

TAKE ME TO LACE PATTERN 4

TAKE ME TO LACE PATTERN 5

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