Another knitty post I’m afraid, as my baby blanket takes over my life… at the end of this beautiful ball of soft merino yarn lies this… I would say mess, but perhaps that is a little harsh:
The pattern is not difficult technically; once I had mastered the wrapped eyelet and knitting 4 together through the back loop, etc (by, erm, reading the instructions properly and going painfully slowly) I had more or less cracked it. The problem for me is that any lapse in concentration has me adding an extra yarn over (and making an extra stitch, thereby throwing off the next row completely so the pattern doesn’t match up). I discovered this once a bit more of the pattern started to become visible. It should look like this:
And not like this:
Discovering this misalignment had me in a quandry. Did I go back and attempt to undo up to the error? It is to be a gift: do I want to hand over an imperfect work? Or do I accept that as a beginner, I would have mistakes in my piece (perhaps even the most competent knitter sees errors in his or her finished work, all be them less glaring ) and live with them, endeavouring to make no others from this point? Give up entirely and knit a blanket that was easier to do?
Knitting has not come as easily to me as other crafty skills in my life- perhaps because I never did it as a child, unlike sewing. I considered throwing it aside, but grumpily have decided to plough on. Oli says my chat has deteriorated and I answer his comments with a ‘mmm, yes, eleven, twelve, thirteen, knit two, one, two, purl… oh for GOD’S SAKE…’
I persevered and having more pattern visible means I can more easily see when I have gone wrong, enabling a quick rather than lengthy back-track.
It’s not going to win any prizes. But I hope it will one day keep a baby warm, perhaps even rather prettily.
I shall grit my teeth and see.