TheWOL asked me to write up the pattern for the lace bits. I must confess that I hate written patterns and much prefer charts. Especially for lace, charts are much easier to read and to knit from.
This is a very simple lace that basically consists mainly of yarn overs and decreases on every row. It is eminently suitable for knitting in the round to avoid purling the yarn overs or purling two stitches together. It is also very adaptable for any amount of stitches between the decreases as long as there are an uneven number of stitches between the decreases.
So, I made a chart. This chart is only one repeat of a point. The point base can be any uneven number of stitches. I had 99 stitches, but it will work equally well on less. It worked very well on eight points in the round, but could probably adapted for more or fewer points.
Rows 1-4 on the chart are the setup rows. Rows 5-11 are the middle rows, and row 12 shows the final decrease row. After that, you can repeat rows 13 and 14 until you die of boredom or decide to stop. (I nearly died of boredom.) Finish the lace on an even row and finish off as you wish.
I felt that I should explain the symbols a bit. YO and knit are self-explanatory. K2tog (knit 2 together) and ssk (slip, slip, knit) are shorthands for right-leaning and left-leaning decreases. Feel free to substitute your favourite decreases.
S2s1k3tog (slip 2, slip 1, knit 3 together) makes a double decrease with the middle stitch on top. K3tog (knit 3 together) makes a double decrease with the leftmost stitch on top. Again, feel free to substitute your favourite decreases, as long as the effect stays the same.