Blocking on the needles feels a little like opening presents early, doesn’t it? Even if it is a very casual blocking, laying the lace out really does help to see how the patterns are working together.

You’ll note that the purl columns are now hardly visible from a distance, though you can still see them a little bit if you look from an angle.

That abrupt transition is not as noticeable, and the patterns merge into one another nicely, though there’s still a tiny hiccup where the diamonds change into the pendant lace.

And, as usual, the lace has changed from a shapeless blob into something light and airy.

I’m still pondering whether to rip back and fix the transition now, or whether to leave it and worry about perfecting the charts in the second half, but at least I’m not ripping all the way back to the cast-on! Thank goodness for blocking.