slow, slow progress

It’s been a full month since I posted my swatch of the lace pattern in Brooke Nico’s Lace Batwing Top from the latest Vogue Knitting. And I’m pleased to report that I’m nearly finished! I thought I would be done by now but my hands are in incredibly bad shape, so I can’t knit for long periods anymore.

lace batwing top progress

Turns out I love, love, love knitting this pattern though. The yarn (Artyarns Ensemble Light) is a dream to work with (50% cashmere, 50% silk: how could you go wrong?) and, best of all, it seems, to me, to work together perfectly with the needles I’m using (addi clicks) so the experience is nothing short of lovely. However, tiny needles and fussy lace (oh how I hate ou double decreases!) mean aching thumbs, wrists—basically my whole hands.

The pattern, which at first seemed so daunting, is nearly memorizable. The only thing I couldn’t be confident I’d remembered every row was how many stitches were at the edges, outside the repeat. A quick glance at the chart was all I’d need, though. Because I hoped to finish this quickly, I employed a few time-saving measures, such as wrapping the ssk stitches backward on the plain rows, so that they are sitting on the needles correctly when it comes time to decrease them.

lace batwing top

As I type this I am taking a break from the sweater, but I’m about 10 rows shy of a completed front. I really really want to wear the sweater in a week at my cousin’s bridal luncheon, so I’ve got a deadline but I’m also trying to preserve the feeling in my hands! Wish me luck I can do both in the coming days.

8 Responses to slow, slow progress

  1. AngelaH says:

    Oh, this is gorgeous! I’m sorry to hear about your hands, but it sounds like you’re approaching this the right way. I can’t wait to see it finished!

  2. Janieb says:

    Oh wow, that is one beautiful wip. Hope your hands ease up soon. I know you checked things out last time, but take care & don’t hesitate to have another health review if needed;)

    Batwing lace top, what crazy number of sts do you have on your needle? Silk & cashmere, wow! Good luck with the deadline.

  3. Cassy says:

    Beautiful work! I try to be careful and not push myself when my wrists hurt. I wear a brace at night when that happens. If it’s your joints you might try eating or taking tumeric as a supplement. I’ve heard that helps with joint mobility. Hope you find relief as you finish this beautiful sweater.

  4. Cindy says:

    Beautiful job! Try square needles. I can knit longer pain free with them. I am an English knitter not sure you get same results with continental knitting

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