Subject: Knitlet - the 11th one

Hello Friend,

How are you today?

I was planning to send you another pattern with cables today until I saw this lace pattern and I changed my mind. This lacy swatch is so striking and quite easy to make. Maybe a little bit of focus is needed...

Next month will be the time for another yarn, but as it's July it's still Malabrigo Sock yarn and 3 mm needles (US 2,5 / UK 11).

Here's the swatch:
The pattern is worked over 1+15+14 stitches and 36 rows.

For this swatch, I casted on 36 stitches - 3 for edging, 30 for the pattern (total of 1 pattern repeat,) and 3 for edging. 
Abbreviations:

RS - right side;
WS - wrong side;
K, k - knit on RS, purl on WS;
P, p - purl on WS, knit on RS;
yo - yarn over;
ssk - slip, slip, knit together through back loop;
k2tog - knit 2 stitches together;
sk2p - slip st as if to knit, knit 2 sts together, pass slipped stitch over;
Pattern: 

Row 1 (RS): (K5, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k5). 
Row 2 (WS) and all the WS rows: Purl
Row 3: (K3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3).
Row 5: (K2, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2).
Row 7: [(K1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k3, yo, ssk) twice, k1].
Row 9: [K2tog, (yo, k4, yo, sk2p) x 3 times, yo, k4, yo, ssk].
Row 11: [K2tog, (yo, k4, yo, sk2p) x 3 times, yo, k4, yo, ssk].
Row 13: (K2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk).
Row 15: (K2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk).
Row 17: [(K2tog, yo) twice, k7, yo, ssk, yo, sk2p, yo, k2tog, yo, k7, (yo, ssk) twice]. 
Row 19: [(K1, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, ssk) twice, k1].
Row 21: (K2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk).
Row 23: (K2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk).
Row 25: (K2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk).
Row 27: [K2tog, (yo, k4, yo, sk2p) x 3 times, yo, k4, yo, ssk].
Row 29: [K2tog, (yo, k4, yo, sk2p) x 3 times, yo, k4, yo, ssk].
Row 31: (K2, yo, ssk, k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k2).
Row 33: (K3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3).
Row 35: (K4, yo, ssk, yo, sk2p, yo, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, yo, sk2p, yo, k2tog, yo, k4).



And the chart:
Coming up:
Sneak peek #1 from the coming shawl pattern

Initially, I was thinking of making a wedding shawl, but as those things go, my inspiration came from another place entirely.

Do you know the feeling when your firstborn is moving out? The school is over and now she's ready to spread her wings. You're kind of happy and excited for her, and the same time want to lock her up in the basement and never let go.

Or maybe that's only me :)

So, this pattern is a cobweb of life. Nupp's are the twists, turns, and life's endless surprises. Increases and decreases are made of dreams and reality. This all together forms a delicate pattern of cobweb lace called life, and the story yet to be told...

Side note (very personal, happy with the hint of a sadness side note on how the pattern came to be):

I never knew that I would be taking my daughter moving out this hard. Only the thought of it hit me with the strength of a tornado, sweeping me off my feet and bringing up memories I didn't know I have. I remember all too clearly the night she was born and that one time she, at the age of 10, told me that she will never move out :D
Thinking back of last months, I realize, the way things were heading it would have been a disaster in every way. But it wasn't meant to be. Life tends to throw curveballs, slapping you in the face with the reality and perspective, and all you can do is watch it with an aw, head spinning and mouth wide open...
Our family got hit with the COVID - in a way that my husband and daughter ended up in hospital (all went well for us, thank god). Everything fell in its place - I wanted my daughter to move out, see this beautiful world with all its wonders, and experience all the flavors that life has to offer. And the day when my daughter came back home, healthy and well, was a moment this pattern, this cobweb of life, was born... :)

Enjoy!

With much love,
Mari-Liis
, Rookopli 24-2, 92413, Kärdla, Estonia
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