I was working on yet another Abide, (designed by the talented Kirsten Kapur) in my regular knitting class this week. This version is my fourth, I love this pattern. (Photo below is by Gale Zucker.)
People in class were taken with it, but there was a lot of eye-rolling at the idea that it was at all easy. (From Drop Dead Easy Knits, of course!) The projects in DDE were not necessarily designed to be beginner projects, but projects that are easy to work on and follow.
What makes lace drop dead easy? Symmetry for one thing. And no shaping on wrong side rows. Here’s how that works in Abide. (I’m using Wollemeise Pure in the color Cassis. )
It is a simple long triangle. Easy. Regular increases along one side. Easy. Except “regular ” does not exempt you from knowing what the pattern means by regular. For instance, I got careless and started increasing every right side row instead of every other right side row. (I was watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is playoff knitting. Go see what Natalie thinks is playoff knitting — a Herbert Niebling doily! For real.) So the class got to watch me rip it back. It is always fun to see your teacher brought low, isn’t it? I also think watching me rip out helps less confident knitters to see that every one rips back. Every one of us.
I was initially skeptical of the long triangle look, but I really like it. It is very wearable. I’ve worn the version I made in Malabrigo Sock quite a bit. Kirsten even demonstates how to make it into a cowl in our silly video. And look how cute it is on this model, in Quince and Company Finch:
Abide begins at the narrow end, and you complete several of the leaf edging repeats in fairly short order, so the pattern is memorized easily, or at the very least you become really familiar with the chart in no time at all.
Plus, the leaf pattern itself is symmetrical. You can see the shape you are making, so you know right away if you haven’t done a decrease you were supposed to. I missed a decrease the other night, too, so I know it is easily spotted.
And the picot edging? If you can cast on and bind off, you can make little picots. I don’t care for bobbles, but those picots are pretty darn cute!
I think I convinced them. I mean, other than the edging, it is all garter stitch!