First of all, to answer a couple of comments on the last post: Thank you! The back actually isn’t as complicated as it looks, aside from the strap assembly–it’s basically a lot of gathering. And yes, Gail, I was already planning on doing a hand-picked zipper. (Both the pattern and the class specifically call for it.) But thank you for the suggestion regardless!
I spent the afternoon and evening with my best friend, who happens to be an avid crocheter and is completely thrilled that I’m attempting a yarn craft. So, of course, I worked on knitting while she crocheted and we chatted and watched a few episodes of Doctor Who and such. Which led me to this….
It took me several failed attempts, a demonstration from my mom, and several more failed attempts to get this started. The good news is, once I got a few rows into the ribbing, the double-pointed needle thing got a LOT easier, and I was actually able to make some decent progress tonight.
The bad news is, I think I may have to start over anyway–it’s hard to tell from the angle of the picture (best I could do while wearing it), but this thing is huge around my super-skinny wrist. So I suspect that doing the called-for increases at the hand area will just make this entire thing annoyingly loose overall. And since it is knitted in the round, I’m thinking I won’t really know where a row begins if I only partially rip it out. 😦
I’m thinking that my best bet would be to try decreasing the amount of stitches some after the ribbing–these are meant to be long fingerless gloves, and the ribbing is a pretty good circumference for my forearm (despite the fact that I also realized I was supposed to do the ribbing one needle size down. Oops.) So I don’t want to decrease the overall number of stitches right from the beginning.
Any thoughts from the knitters who might be reading this?
On the plus side, I have figured a couple of things out with this:
- I now know how to actually get the double-pointed needles to work. At least, once it’s started.
- I also know I can make ribbing without too many headaches.
- I think I’ve figured that I like working with bamboo needles a lot more than I like aluminum ones. I tried both this afternoon, and the stitches just slide off of the metal far too easily, which meant I kept dropping lots of stitches. I was having the same problem with the single-pointed needles, and ended up using the bamboo for almost the entire scarf and the entire dishcloth. So that’s good to know, right?
- And I know I like the way this yarn looks knitted up!
So at least I can chalk this up to good practice…especially if I have to rewrite this pattern to fit as I go! Though Cassie and I were chatting and she thinks I do have a bit of an advantage over her when she was first learning crochet– even though the abbreviations are still all practically Greek to me, at least I know how to follow a pattern, thanks to a couple decades’ worth of practice in sewing! (And that also makes me a lot more comfortable with the idea of having to change it…. I just wish that didn’t involve starting from scratch!)