Today’s Tat it and see installment was a doozie! Thrilled and excited as I was to see it was up, I almost immediately started with the questions. The installment always has all the abbreviations explained, but today there was one I did not know. Well, it was quickly asked, and before I even finished my morning coffee, I had an answer from Jane. Lj is a Lock joint. Very good instructions on her website, and I was good to go, or so I thought.
Then there was the Zig zag chain, and despite the very thorough instructions, both on the pattern, her website (at the bottom of the first collumn), and via private e-mails between Jane and I, I misunderstood how to count the stitches in the beginning. But being the beginner I was, I wanted to be sure I understood, and quickly realized my mistake. Fortunately I was asking before doing, so I did not even have to undo anything! 😀 A zigzag chain is quite a wonderful little thing, with first a regular double stitch, and then a non-flipped on, in reverse order, which makes this chain literally zig and zag. Because we were doing 1 stitch switchbacks, the zigzags were quite small, but really cool. The biggest trick was that when counting stitches on a zig zag chain, you need to count the zig and the zag, or the flipped AND the non-flipped ds as 1 stitch. This would have made for quite a difference, if I miscounted it!
So, today I learned the zig zag chain and the lock joint and the shoe lace trick!
And I am starting to think that this looks like a bulb of some kind…