I have learned a new technique: the braided join, and now I don’t know how I ever managed without it.
The last few weeks have seen a vast improvement in my knitting, and I’m so glad I found the community of lovely knitters on G+ as well as deciding to finally jump into Ravelry and actually use it to communicate rather than peek and admire silently from my little corner.
After the revelation of proper lace needles came the beading (which, of course, I’m now slightly obsessed with, so expect another WIP to be presented here shortly), and now the braided join.
Please check out this tutorial by lovely Lucy, and don’t forget to say thank you, as this will change your life. Trust me.
It’s a method to join ends anywhere in the project, even in the middle of a lace row (yessir!), without either having to weave the ends in or worry about knots. It’s totally invisible.
My first opportunity to try it out (as the Susanna IC Mystery KAL is sitting in the middle of my dining table, looking good and waiting for the next clue) came as I cast on for a Queen Anne Cardi:
It’s knit top down until it’s roughly bolero-shaped, then the lace collar is knit on in the round. I might modify the sleeves a bit, but the body looks exactly right to me, and it’s very much like a cardigan I loved very much and wore to death and have been planning to replicate for ages. I’m very much looking forward to this one!
Mine, so far, doesn’t look quite as exciting yet: