|The red pen is pointing to the last of the chevron points|
from the first pattern lace chart. The row of holes
just above the black needle cord is a row of eyelets.
After the chevrons, the next lace chart begins (and ends) with eyelets. These are a series of right and wrong side rows that create hole in the fabric, on purpose. An eyelet series is a good way to learn to add stitches (yarn over) and take away stitches (knit 2 together, K2tog). The adding and subtracting happen one right after the other and repeat all across the row.
|See the holes? They are shown from top to bottom of the|
picture near to the stripe on the angel's robe. This section
of lace is just beginning. It will have another pattern of
holes that make flowers with petals and then a
final row of eyelets.
The "change to the next size needle' is not unusual in shawls and other lace knitting. Bigger needles make bigger stitches so naturally the shawl will grow in size. This shawl pattern will up-size needles 2 more times. The last lace chart will be knitted with lots of holes that will appear to be random. You'll have to wait and see, as will I.
Here's a view of the US6 (now empty) and the US7 (with shawl stitches on the cord between the two tips) and a pencil to give you an idea of relative size. The last needle I'll be using will be bigger than the pencil.
Circular needles are long cords connecting needle tips. If the needles are interchangeable, then the tips can be removed and replace by a needle tip of another size, or joined with a longer or shorter cord. A good set of interchangeable needles represents the very essence of flexibility.
The white shawl is coming along quite nicely. I'm enjoying it and so far am quite pleased with the outcome. There are lots of stitches at this point, at least 125 per section. I'm making three sections so, do the math, that's 375 stitches (and counting) on the long cord between needle tips.
Lots of stitches mean lots of knitting. One of life's important lessons, I think, is the idea of "less is more." In lace knitting, especially with shawls that 'grow,' this lesson must be put aside. And especially in this shawl, when even the number of needles that are used is a total of 4, rather than the usual, maybe, 2.
Less is more might work for shampoo dosage, or pairs of sox, or cars in the garage, or cats in the house. But this time the rule doesn't apply and the shawl is lovelier and lovelier for having broken all the 'rules.'