I’ve reached the first repeat of my pattern, and I have to say this takes a fair amount of concentration. I have to read the chart frontwards AND backwards–that’s asking a lot of my approaching-holiday brain cells. It took my a dozen rows to get used to how the pattern is a row essentially folded in half–I’ve never seen that before. And every repeat of the chart adds two repeats of an internal section. There’s only one way to handle such a cerebral task:
Lucky for me, I’ve got a nice collection. For big projects on mid-size needles, I like my pretty beaded ones. For lace work, I like the small plastic circles because they they’re right size for fine work and won’t snag the fiber. I have enough of different colors that I can use them to signify something, but in this case they don’t need to do anything but mark off the pattern repeats.