The repeat in the Lace Weight is only about 6" and the rows are even longer. They'll increase throughout the pattern and have a variegated look to it :)
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It's Intermediate! We have a guide here for you:darngoodyarn.com/blogs/darn-good-blog/knitting-and-crochet-pattern-difficulty-level-..
I hope that helps! :)