First, you fall madly in love and then in an ideal world, marriage follows (::gag::). BUT, this is what happened to me in my knitting life!!
Well, I was toying with the idea of knitting another Hito in a different lace pattern when the lightning bolt struck: Sweet Dreams and Hito both have 12-stitch repeats! Kaboom! I almost fell to the ground when it hit me!
So, as simple as it seems to substitute lace pattern B for lace pattern A, there was the problem of the skirt. The Hito skirt is enlarged by adding plain sts to the lace panels. If I did that to Sweet Dreams, the final points at the hem would be farther apart and odd.
My solution was to add pattern repeats to each front edge and incorporate the lace pattern as I went along. I could not follow BooKnits’ chart because she increases 3 sts every 2 rows per side and I wanted to increase 1 st every 4 rows on each side. This was the part that took the longest — graphing out the lace pattern for the new rate of increase. I also increased needle sizes as I knit the skirt. And believe me — there was fudging along the way!!
I used Madelinetosh Merino light in Well Water and barely cracked into the 4th skein. Like I said, I changed up needles sizes, using a US 5-6-7-8-9. Once the charting was done, the knitting was pretty straight forward. I love this spring-summer cardi!
What can I say? It is a marriage made in heaven!!
PS – Surly arrives today!