Sleeve number one is started.
The sleeve have a lace pattern. The sleeve cap is shaped. Shaping plus lace. Often I have noted on ravelry the comments of knitters who struggled to shape lace. "What's the big deal" I would ask myself. Well, I like to think of myself as a kinder, gentler person now. Concerto has given me insight into those struggles.
For the life of me, I cannot determine where I am in this lace pattern. Partly, I think, because the sleeve-cap shaping starts at the same time as the lace, there is no chance to get familiar with the lace pattern. No chance to learn to 'read' the lace. No chance to 'see' what stitch I should be knitting.
Turning to my trusted info source, I searched ravelry to see what other knitters had experienced. Maybe I could learn from their experiencce. Wow! Only one knitter has knit Concerto before me. Or perhaps, only one lived to tell the tale. Surose 312.
Surose 312 has a pretty impressive line up of projects on ravelry. Yet she struggled with Concerto's sleeves, too. Her comments - I can definitely say i will not make this pattern again!
Or Since the sleeve part of the pattern is impossible to follow... and sadly I’ll just make it a tank top.
Hmmm. It is certainly nice to know that I am not the only knitter confused by these instructions. But - I think I have a way to solve the problem. I know two things. The pattern has a 6 + 1 stitch repeat. The decreases happen on every other row. So - if I were to leave enough stitches for one pattern repeat in plain stockinet at each row end, I will be many rows into the lace pattern before the shaping interferes with the lace. Those end-of-row stitches will be under the arm and seamed anyway. Who will look there? Or as my philosophy on washing ceilings states, 'those who stare there deserve to see the dirt'. By the time those stitches are eaten up with the shaping, I should be able to 'read' the lace.
And everything should work out fine. In theory. It is worth a try.