Normally I knit small things such as doll or baby sweaters. Mittens and hats are my speed, and even some scarves and shawls. Not too big an investment of time because I tend to get bored before they're finished. Right now I'm looking at my yarn stash and I can see three or four works in progress that need some sort of finishing. One just needs the side seams sewn, for goodness sake! You'd think I could do that much...
So when I found Ravelry.com, and all of those lovely project photos, many with FREE patterns available for the download, I said to myself -- YOU can do this! Start to finish, maybe not in one calendar year, but before you're too old to wear a nice sweater, you CAN knit one! An adult size! Come ON -- just do it!
Once it got large enough to get my arms through what will be the sleeves, I started the lace pattern. It's over four rows and seven stitches. The pattern forms these nice leaves.
Of course there was a problem from the get-go, because I could not get my fingers to do the left-leaning decrease. Knit two together? No problemo!! But slipping and back loops and psso and all that jazz, I couldn't do it while counting rows and stitches, so I just knit two together for every decrease. The pattern looks just a tiny bit different than the actual knitting, but if anyone is close enough to see that, we had better be engaged!
|big hole... just begging everyone to look at it!!|
|Preparing to un-knit 21 rows of the pattern so I could reknit them on some short needles.|
I did not.
Instead I had a knit row, with knit tog's and yo's.
If you look very closely you can see right in the center of this picture where the pattern takes a slight jog; everything looks good to the left, and it looks good to the right, but down the center, not so much.
Regardless, I am leaving in the booboo. Only God is perfect, and I am not going to try to pretend otherwise!
Besides, I have only about 4 inches to go before I'm done with the sweater body and can get started on the sleeves.