This evening I picked up the Lavold Sweater, Garnet, to admire the twelve rows of lace completed on the front and didn't like what I saw. In row 9 there was a left leaning double decrease that I was sure needed to be a right leaning decrease.
I squinted at the pattern picture and said a bad word about pattern books that don't show close up shots of lace patterns. I looked at the stitch chart to verify the decrease was charted to be left leaning. It was. I checked the errata and there was no mention of it.
I ripped back to row 8 and dug out Barbara Walker to find instructions for a right leaning double decrease.
It's my sweater and I'm going to knit the lace the way I want it to look.
Once I got the stitches picked up, I stopped to admire the rows remaining on the needles and had second thoughts about the whole project.
I'm not fond of knitting this yarn. Lavold Silky Tweed splits easily and I have to watch each stitch as I knit it. Even then I find myself dropping back a row or two sometimes to pick up a thread that didn't get knit with the rest of the strand.
If I frog the Silky Tweed and pack it away, I'll never get it out again. I paid full price for it and even went back to get two extra skeins. I really need to knit it up to avoid feeling guilty.
My hope is that once I get several inches of the lace panel done the lovely looks of the sweater will compensate for the less than pleasant knitting experience.
I'll report back in a few days.