Dear Problem Ladies,
When counting rows, does the row on the needles count, and when is the cast-on row counted?

Ruth
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Dear Problem Ladies,
How do you join a new length of yarn when you are working a lace pattern? Should I introduce it at the beginning of the row, in the row, spit-splice, weave-in? I know how to start a new ball and hide the ends successfully in garter stitch, stockinette and cables, but openwork mystifies me. Won’t the end pop out and look horrible? Thanks for your help.

The End Is Near
(and Likely to Pop Out)

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Dear Problem Ladies,
Probably a dumb question, but still: do you re-block a lace shawl every time you wash it? I haven’t knit any lace shawls yet, and I find that the prospect of pinning out hundreds of peaky ends each time I wash my shawl-to-be makes me feel dizzy.

Andrea in Argentina
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Dear Problem Ladies,
Can you recommend a way to enlarge patterns written for babies so that they will fit toddlers (aside from using thicker yarn and needles and hoping for the best)? I finished a lot of projects for my baby while I was pregnant, but my pace slowed considerably after she was born. I have all these cute patterns meant for babies that she’ll never wear (sniff).

Sara
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