Extend an Olive Branch...or a Lacey Branch

Pattern: "Branching Out," by Susan Lawrence, available free here
Yarn: NaturallyCaron.com Spa (Soft Sunshine)
Needles: US8 straight
Size: 36 repeats

Plus: Great pattern! She has a written out notation AND charted version of the 10-row repeat, making it great for either type of knitter. It was wonderfully empowering for a new lace knitter. The hardest stitch is a k3tog, which became a cinch after a few repeats. Just use a lifeline! I did have to rely on it about three times.
Delta: My sole complaint about the pattern is that it was impossible to memorize. I had to stare at the pattern for every. single. inch. Bamboo/acrylic blend, to no surprise whatsoever, doesn't block so well. Luckily, it looked decent right off the needles. I should also note that the yarn is extraordinarily splitty and prone to snags. Amber requested machine washable and dry-able yarn in pale yellow, and the pattern uses a DK weight; its flaws were worth balancing against the rare combination of characteristics.

Good times. Can't wait to tackle more lace! My next one with be this Diamonds and Pearls Shawl in some yummy Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb.

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