Wednesday, April 15, 2015

knitting and reading

A lesson in pattern reading.  Lesson 1 - read the pattern.  

I started these lovely socks last week, and as I was knitting, I was constantly miscounting stitches.  I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong, I am typically extremely careful about stitch counting.  I thought that because the stitches were so small, maybe I was accidentally picking up stitches as I went along.  But, I kept knitting because I hate to rip things out.  I re-counted my stitches again and again, yes, I had the number of stitches I was supposed to cast on.  Then I pulled out the pattern again.


Can you see those instructions under "Leg"?  Decreasing 6 stitches?  Yeah, I definitely skipped right over that intro to the leg pattern.  So rip rip rip went the sock I spent so much time starting.


I will let you in on a little secret, starting the sock a second time has gone much faster.  You wouldn't see that by looking at the progress I have made, but it was much easier working with the small stitches, and having the correct amount  of stitches has also helped as I move onto the leg pattern!


This book is one that I have had on my shelf for a while, and started it several times.  But, I haven't read through it in its entirety.  Since all that I seem to be thinking about lately is my garden, and fresh vegetables, I want to try and read through this book.  Not for weight loss, but just for general information about eating a whole foods, veggie based, diet.

What are you working on this week?  Has spring sprung in your neck of the woods?!

11 comments:

  1. Those pesky patterns, sometimes it's just easy to look right over something. Glad you are now on track and moving along with your sock, I really love the color.

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  2. I'm with Tracey...a lovely color. :) Glad you got things figured out!

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  3. Yes, I love the colour too! Happy it is going well now - must have been frustrating though!

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  4. We are having lovely spring weather - finally! And your yarn is perfect for the Spring time. I have a friend who read that same book and that's how she eats now. And she lost 60 lbs. in the process.

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  5. You made me laugh out loud- read that pattern!! Just the kind of mistake I've made! I'm working on a child's cardi as fast as I can to get to some baby knitting for my close friend's baby!

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  6. Guh, I hate ripping back work— well, I don't suppose anyone -likes- it. I've definitely made some pretty humoungous mistakes before!

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  7. Oh how irritating, I'll make mistakes like that too. At least you've knitted that pattern of the pattern already so you'll be faster and with less stitches it will just fly along

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  8. I love the colour and they look great so far - well done.

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  9. I've done the same thing more times than I can count!

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  10. This is what happens when math and knitting collide! Having the right number of stitches is so helpful! Good for you for being willing to frog and restart.

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  11. Sometimes we read right over an important part because we are so excited to be working on the next section. I have done it several times. So glad you found your mistake and now the knitting is easy. I love the color of your yarn.

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