Lace knitting is really anything that involves yarn-overs (yo) and decreases, creating holes arranged in a pattern. I had done a lot of things that involved these techniques, but I had never actually done lace knitting with small needles and thin yarn. I started by knitting two lace bookmarks. At first, I had to get used to working with the small needles and yarn.
I am about 1/5 done with my shawl. For the part I am working on right now, there is a chart that shows the stitch pattern. The chart is 16 rows, and I am supposed to repeat these 16 rows 20 times. When reading from a chart, it helps me to color every other row with a different colored pencil. This makes it easier for me to follow along and not lose my place.