The back of the Fantasy jacket is squarely stuck in the boring repetitive stage. This little lace swath is destined for someone else, so I'll never get to wear it. And perhaps that makes it more difficult to stick with the sameness of the pattern. A narcissistic attitude and I do admit it. What's in it for me?
Only nineteen more rows and the back will be complete. Now, it just looks like this.
This jacket has cap sleeves. As you probably know, cap sleeves often grow out of the body piece seamlessly. That is why the jacket back is widened at the under arm area rather than decreased for a set in sleeve. It is possible to add cap sleeves after the front and back are sewn together. I've done that and have no specific preference.
Frankly, given that this is a whole lot of crochet, I'm glad that the pattern has the sleeves added "as you go."
Although fuzzy, this photo is a better look at how the pattern works out. This openwork is written as an eight row repeat. Actually, there are only three rows - only two if you think about offsetting the zigzag row by a half pattern.
The first hours of working on this project were tedious. I had to read every one of those eight rows hoping not to make a mistake. Let me tell you, it was very slow going for quite a while.
But that is what it is all about, right? Perhaps, that is what is in it for me. Go slow and learn something new. Recall and work with out so much reading. Then put the pattern aside and trust your ability to read the crochet and just get it done.
This long weekend has plenty of time left and the back will be completed before long. All of this little cashmere lace needs to be interrupted by something different. But that is for another post, another time - but soon!