OK I’ll admit it first up, my sister warned me that the Tanvi cardigan was cute but the lace was painful and took ages. Not that it is a difficult pattern; it isn’t. But I guess my sister discovered she didn’t have the patience for lace when knitting Tanvi, and she suspected I wouldn’t either.
Nah, the pattern was simple! I can do lace! How hard could it be? I’ve knitted lace before, scarves even. I was sure Tanvi wouldn’t pose any problems.
So I cast on my Purple Tanvi with some Moda Vera Noir that I’d originally bought to try sock knitting. I figured E would like the purple and it might stripe in an interesting way. Well the bodice was simple enough, so far so good.
And then I started the lace. And made a mistake, frogged a row and kept on. And made a mistake, frogged a couple of rows and carried on. And made another mistake, frogged another couple of rows and started to get a bit frustrated. What was wrong with me? OK I was knitting late at night and tired but surely I could get to the end of the row and actually have the right stitch count, even if the row was 153 stitches long?
So I got out my lace stitches book and hunted for an alternative lace pattern. Something easy. Something with alternate purl rows instead of lace stitches every single row. Something really easy with only a 6 stitch repeat, instead of the 12 stitch repeat in Tanvi. And I settled on a zigzag pattern which sort of matched the diamond pattern in Tanvi, but required even less brain power.
Phew. I still made mistakes, but still this lace went a lot faster. As long as I didn’t try to watch TV at the same time. Or knit late at night. I was VERY happy to cast this one off.
So the mods were the different lace pattern, plus picot edging on the sleeves and hem.
My sister said “I told you so”, and pointed out that my efforts at a lace scarf involved me starting the scarf, getting fed up with the lace and giving it to her to finish. Oops, I’d forgotten that.
I have very happily cast on a Hoodlum for my next project, lots of nice simple stocking stitch in the round… ahhhhh bliss.