The knit-along has begun!! I couldn’t wait until today so last night I assembled all my tools and prepared to cast on. I hit my first roadblock pretty quickly. I thought I remembered how to do a provisional cast on, but it was coming out wonky. So I pulled out my trusty cast on/bind off reference book and pretty soon I was back on track. I even learned a new way do it: crocheting around the knitting needle, so the stitches are ready to go. Before, I chained and then picked up stitches in the chains. The new way is a lot more efficient.
I confess, I did not read the pattern before selecting it. And when I saw that it was knit flat and seamed, I was disappointed. I LOVE knitting in the round. Not so fond of seaming. But, the pattern was chosen and announced, and I do love the look, so hey, I can seam once in a while.
So, stitches on the needle, time to knit. I hit my second roadblock in the second row of the pattern, when the instructions said to slip one purl wise. Okay, I understand that, except it didn’t specify whether to hold the yarn in front or back, and I’m a new enough knitter that I don’t know which is expected when it’s not specified. I picked to hold the yarn in front and knit away on my huge size 19 needles. I got maybe 10 rows in, and it was looking weird and nothing like the pictures in the pattern, and I was starting to freak out. Had I picked a terrible pattern? Was I a terrible knitter who shouldn’t be in charge of a KAL??
No, of course not. I am a good enough knitter now to step back and assess the situation. First of all, I wasn’t happy with the fabric created with the size 19 needles. Maybe my yarn wasn’t as bulky as the designer’s. I frogged and pulled out my size 15s and started over. It still looked weird. I frogged again and visited Youtube for videos on slipping stitches, and decided to hold the yarn in back. This time, I skipped the provisional cast on and just cast on normally, so I could get a sense of the pattern, and sure enough, the yarn is supposed to be held in back.See?? That’s how it’s supposed to look! I felt much better about myself and about the pattern. I frogged one more time, did the provisional cast on one more time, and started knitting, and this time my progress hasn’t been frogged. Just a note: I did add five stitches to my cast on to account for the smaller needles.Sorry, the lighting is weird in that one, isn’t it? You can see it’s zipping along, and I had to stop myself from doing too much last night, since I said I wouldn’t even cast on until today! Still, it won’t take long to knit up. And I decided I’m going to use Kitchener to graft it together. Partly because I want the practice, and partly because I’m not fond of the seam that the 3-needle bind off leaves. But that’s for another day.
What else have I been working on? I made a quick chunky hat (pattern: Hipster Slouchy Hat) and once I tried it on, I decided I needed to keep this one.
I’ve also been working on my gradient seed stitch cowl. There’s a very slight line where you can see I started knitting with my new purling method, but it doesn’t bother me a bit. This one’s going much more quickly than I remembered. Jack was my photography assistant. He’s very helpful.
There you have it, lots of knitting! Today I’m going to get as much done on my bulky cowl as possible, though I am visiting both my mother and my newest nephew, so I’m not sure how much progress I’ll make. I’ll be sure to share tomorrow!
And if you want to knit along with me and Jenna, the pattern is Marshmallow Fluff and we’re using the hashtag #MarshmallowKAL!
I can’t even see the line where your purling changed on the seed stitch cowl (which I love, by the way!)
I have managed to cast on my Marshmallow cowl, but I haven’t gotten any further yet. Hoping to get a little time later today. Thanks for working out the kinks for us ahead of time. 😉
You can see it more in person, but it’s not bad.
I took my yarn and pattern to weaving guild today, did the cast from crocheted chain and just picked up a loop through the back third of each chain…not sure if this is right but I did test it and can rip the chain out that way. During the meeting I wound my yarn into a ball and I think I’m about halfway through the knitting, I’m using size 17 needles since that’s what I had, didn’t cast on any extra, but it’s measuring 6.5″ wide. Thanks for getting me started on this.
Yay! I bet the size 17 needles work well! I haven’t started anything on Ravelry yet, haven’t had time. I’ll have to check your blog to see how it’s going. 🙂
That’s okay about Ravelry…I hadn’t checked and there’s no reason not to just share results here, is there? I’m now about two-thirds done!
I just had a thought about the bind off, if I do it with right sides together, then the ridge will end up on the inside and the two ends should be joined almost invisibly on the outside ? What do you think?…I haven’t bound off this way either, but the directions are making sense.
Aren’t you clever?? It sure sounds like it will work, and you’re going so much faster than I am, so I’ll just see how it works for you! 🙂
Even though you love knitting in the round, once you’ve stitched the two ends together you’ll see the cowl will look great! That’s why I love provisional cast-ons, they make the knitting Muggles wonder how you conjured up such clever structures 😉
It’s looking great Bonny!!! And I’m in love with the Gradient cowl 🙂 I finally posted about the KAL…Better late than never 🙂
Thanks! Now that the Marshmallow is done, I’m off to knit the gradient in earnest. Time for it to be done!
Loving your new projects
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