Knitters – Don’t try this with most lace!
It’s usually not an Upside Down World in lace without some design finesse.
Filet lace is an exception to the norm that rows cannot just be knit in reverse order to produce a vertically symmetrical, upside down lace design.
The Directional Nature of Knitting Lace
The stitch sequences used for knitting most lace are directional; i.e. they are not vertically symmetrical.
See what happens with Barbara Walker’s popular ” Lace Bat” design in her Charted Knitting Designs book.
Here is the above pattern with rows reversed. Vertically aligned yarn overs are ok but everything else is quite off from the original.
Turning the 2nd attempt 180 degrees to wing-down reveals even further just how dis-similar it is from the original.
Filet Lace: An exception to the norm
This month’s KAL project, I Heart Filet Lace, highlights the “upside down” feature of filet lace knitting. You just knit the scarf end-to-end, starting with the filet lace heart motif then reverse the rows at the other end to produce a vertical mirror image.
A lot of people prefer the ends of their scarves to look the same when worn. If you are one of those, I hope you are enjoying this month’s design for knitting a “when you are done, you are done” end-to-end filet lace scarf.
Do you like your scarves to be the same on both ends?