Question about this pattern *ETA ACTUAL PATTERN*

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Question about this pattern *ETA ACTUAL PATTERN*

Ok so this is a free pattern so I can share,
This wavy mesh curtain offers light and privacy for your home.
It can easily be made wider or longer if needed: every 10 additonal stitches equals 2½”,
and each vertical repeat of the pattern is about 3”.
If you are feeling particularly ambitious, turn it into a bed skirt - just insert elastic into
the finished hem so that it snugs up to your box spring.
A slightly loosened gauge gives the lace a more airy quality.
Checkerboard Mesh (Multiple of 10 sts + 4)
Row 1 and all WS rows: P.
Row 2 (RS): K4, *yo, ssk, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k3;* rep from * to *.
Row 4: *K3, (yo, ssk) twice, k1, k2tog, yo*; rep from * to *; end k4.
Row 6: K2, *(yo, ssk) 3 times, k4*; rep from * to *, end yo, ssk.
Row 8: K1, *(yo, ssk) 4 times, k2*; rep from * to *, end yo, ssk, k1.
Row 10: Rep row 6.
Row 12: Rep row 4.
Row 14: Rep row 2.
Row 16: K2tog, yo, *k4, (K2tog, yo) 3 times*; rep from * to*, end k2.
Row 18: K1, k2tog, yo; *k2, (k2tog, yo) 4 times*; rep from * to *, end k1.
Row 20: Rep row 16.
Rep rows 1-20 for pattern.
Curtain
CO 198 sts.
Row 1: Sl 1, k1; work row 1 of Checkerboard Mesh to last two sts; end k2.
Cont to work selvedge sts as given in Row 1, work five repeats of the Checkerboard
Mesh pattern (piece measures approximately 15”).
Changing to St st, work 12 rows for outside of hem. P 1 row (turning ridge), then
work 12 more rows of stockinette for inside hem. BO loosely.
Finishing
Block curtain: in warm water, soak the curtain until it is thoroughly damp. Spread the
piece across a large towel; roll the towel and curtain together and press gently to
remove the water (do not wring). Remove the curtain from the roll and lay on a flat
surface to dry, pinning to measurements.
When dry, fold hem at turning ridge; using whip stitch, tack the bound-off edge to the
WS of the curtain, making sure to leave both ends open.
To mount, slide curtain onto a 1” tension rod and set inside window.

My question is, how beginer-friendly is this? I would LOVE to make these but Im not very advanced in knitting at all but I would love a challange!
What do you all think?

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Hey Kari,

I looked at the picture, but didn't download the pattern. I'm at work and I'll try to check it out tonight. To look at the pic, i'd say that is slightly advanced for a beginner, unless you are a beginner who truly gets bored with just plain old knit and purl. If thats the case, and you are feeling brave, it might be a lot of fun! To do simple lace work, you only need to learn a couple of new 'tricks' and that piece is a nice simple rectangle so thats a plus too.

I think it all depends on how ready you are to learn a small handful of new techniques.

Disclaimer: This is all going off of the picture, not the actual pattern!

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Ok, I added the actual pattern

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You could totally do it. It's a good way to learn new stitches, and since it's a rectangle, no hard shaping to do, nor seaming. Go for it!

Janel

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The new techniques in that pattern are very basic and highly commonly used techniques in lots and lots of projects. They would be great ones to add to your repretoire (sp??) Lol Each one of them is pretty simple.

yo, ssk, and k2tog are all very easy to learn!

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You can do it! There are some great online tutorial videos for these techniques and once you've mastered them, a whole new world of knitting is opened up for you including some patterns that look horribly complex and are amazing to *watch* come together.

ssk and k2together are basic decrease techniques in knitting. They also make those very cool looking chevron type patterns. yo (yarn over) is a basic increase technique in knitting.

Go for it; you'll be glad you did. Smile
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Thanks! I think I will!
Im having surgery next week so I want to TRY to finish my afgahn (yeah right) since I'll be in bed for a week and once I get through that, this will be my next project!

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could i get the link? I would love to make this for my kitchen window Smile

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