|Fishbone lace - A reoccurring pattern|
|Pictorial lace - Snail Odyssey Baby Blanket|
Because of the different ways in which those types of lace need to be handled, I find they are both suited for different times. A reoccurring lace pattern is a great source of relaxation once the hurdle of starting is over and can be done even when very tired or on route to somewhere. Pictorial knitting is great to knit when you are determined to make something wonderful and have a bit of quiet time to dedicate to it. Definitely not to be done with small children around!
For both types of lace knitting, but specifically for pictorial knitting - I always use a ruler to mark the row I am at and always have a pencil handy to mark off on the chart or on the written instruction which rows I have done. Other tips to try include threading a bit of scrap yarn through your stitches every so often to act as a life line for when you make a mistake and need to rip back. Some people also find stitch markers useful to show pattern repeats - I tend to find that if I use those I don't get into the rythmn of the lace and it takes me longer to master but each to their own. Whatever makes you more comfortable to try out lace knitting is the most important thing!
Lace knitting does take a bit of courage and perseverence but after all, it's just yarn...what's the worst it can do to you ?