Thank you to everyone who shared tips, support, and commiseration regarding my colorwork challenges. I really appreciate all of it! I did frog what I’d done of the chart and start over with as much intentional looseness as possible, catching floats every 2-3 stitches. The first round like that literally took an hour, but thankfully it got faster and I managed to get through 31 rounds in three nights. Last night I started the second section of corrugated ribbing and realized I didn’t actually do ribbing the first time. The pattern said knit 2 with main color, purl 1 with contrast color. I just knit them all. That annoyed me so I set the project down for a little bit, and when I looked at my colorwork I was just thoroughly disgusted with it. I’d gone from one extreme to the other, and my stitches aren’t all an even tension and some of my floats are way too loose and when I looked at it, I didn’t even see how that stitch pattern was supposed to be a paw print. ARGH.
OH, and my ring broke because I’d apparently redone one of the loops/adjusted the loop too much and the wire said, nope and snapped off. That was okay, though — I still had one loop and that was enough to keep the strands separated enough.
Anyway, this morning I laid out my cowl to take a photo so I could blog my sad sad colorwork story, and in the photo I saw … paw prints?? Let this be a lesson about getting distance and all that jazz.
That was the reassurance I needed to power through and actually finish the damn thing. So this weekend I will do the final three rows of corrugated “ribbing”, bind off, and see how much shit actually blocks out. I will definitely be doing before and after photos. If I don’t love it, I will be frogging and reusing the yarn because it’s gorgeous and I love it so much. I know it’s Old Rusted Chair and I think it’s Squish DK which I also used for my first Douglas Cardi and I adore it.
And I’m fairly certain this will be the end of my colorwork journey. According to my knitting support group, I should have chosen a smaller project and yarns with more contrast, and after 3-5 projects I might actually knit something attractive, but I’m not sure I enjoy the process enough to ever try again. If I do, I’m going to order a Norwegian thimble rather than try to make another ring for myself. The wire’s just not sturdy enough.
BUT. Before I go back to my stupid colorwork, I’m going to wind about nine skeins of yarn. Five are for my second Turtle Dove, and the rest are for other new projects – details to follow!
Happy Saturday, friends.
I definitely see paw prints, I love the purple yarn. It doesn’t mention if your yarn is superwash or not. Colourwork is easier IMO to do with non-superwash because its grabby and not slippy. So when you’ve done your stitch and moved on to the next the tension stays and doesn’t move. Does that make sense. I used superwash once and frogged it and have stuck to non-superwash for colourwork since. This was also told to us on a Fair Isle workshop I was on taught by a Shetlander.
Haha. The joys of colorwork. Definitely freaks me out so I the few I have knitted are for me so I don’t care if it puckers.
I see paw prints! I hope you love it. And I hope you don’t give up on colorwork completely. But knitting should be fun, and if it isn’t, then I get why you would stop knitting colorwork.
What Alissa said. I’m betting that washing and blocking will be the magic dust to make this project sing.
Thank you – here’s hoping!
I’m not 100% convinced I’m anti-colorwork, but pretty close! 😉
I really think this looks better than you think it does! Might not be your favorite thing but you worked thru it, which is something!
Yes! Go me!
I definitely see paw prints! I hope it will turn out wonderful!
I see paw prints too! I can see where colorwork might be frustrating and not your thing. And that’s a valid thing to have learned! But also, I would suggest not ruling it out entirely yet. You never know what projects you’ll find in the future.
Very true, and if I see something I love, I’ll know it’s technically possible for me to do! 🙂