To improve, I need something to work on. Remember this? I went through Clue 1 (1-36 rows) without too much difficulty. But when it came to Clue 2 (37-78 rows), the number of stitches per row was starting to get big. I quickly gave up after I messed up in the first 10 rows. Then, there were other projects occupying my time. The Mystery Shawl 2 is a good chance for me to work on my lace chart reading as that's almost the only info I got from the clues.
So, I frogged the first attempt and started afresh. But when I came to Clue 2, I ran into almost the same problem - as the charts are getting more complicated, the squares and the symbols are getting smaller. I just got dizzy looking at them! But I thought there must be a way to get over this. Yes, there is. The solution suddenly occurred to me while I was ripping:
The result? It did help me enormously. From time to time, I still missed a yo or miscounted the stitches. But I have completed Clue 2 (78 rows) already and am moving into Clue 3 (79-116 rows).
Like Husband likes to say, there is always a solution to any problem. ;)