So anything resembling lace (especially in dark yarn) looks like a pile of moldering spaghetti at some point in the proceedings. It’s just a law. It doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong.
You just have to keep going and have a little faith. It will look much better when it’s off the needles.
And much better indeed when it’s been blocked (which this hasn’t, but it will be soon, and I’m quite confident it will shape up nicely).
Oh, and for everyone following along at home, Chamfer are coming back out Tuesday. If you want a heads up (and a shiny coupon) when they come out, be sure you’re on the mailing list. Someone always asks, so full disclosure, the discount code the mailing lists is different/bigger than the one I post here, so do sign up if you want the extra spiffy one.