Frustration !

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I’ve started and unraveled my llama scarf over and over. I had planned to knit a llama scarf from the llama yarn I spun HERE. I selected a pattern from an archived issue of Spin-Off. I’d get about two inches and my row would have more stiches than pattern, ugh! After several attempts, I searched for a different pattern. I found a pattern I liked from a sock pattern and gave that a go. Several attempts with several inches each later, same problem. I seem to be able to knit two or three pattern sequences then all of a sudden I end up with an “extra” stitch. I’m so used to plain knitting when I would just “absorb” the extra stitch, say with a knit together. I know with pattern knitting that to do so would likely put the whole pattern out of kilter (is that a word?)

Sooo… my plan is to set the yarn up on a loom and weave it. It may actually suit the yarn better as the yarn varies in color which would make stripes in the knitting and will blend lovily in weaving. How frustrating. My guess is I shouldn’t attempt pattern knitting at the end of the day after my brain has gone dead!

Tropical Twister


2 Responses to “Frustration !”

  1. loopykd says, March 9th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Is it possible that you are splitting the yarn during knitting? That seems to be a yarn specific and not pattern specific issue. Maybe some duller needles would work better. Just a thought.

  2. Tropical Twister says, March 9th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    A good thought, especially with homespun but I was using casine needles which have a rounded end. I think it was my lack of charting. I didn’t want to mess up the pattern so I put it in a sheet protector. Usually I write all over patterns. I think my eye moved from one row to the other when reading the pattern. It’s so easy to add a yarn over or knit two together and change the count. The only way I seem to be able to knit lace is by marking the rows and keeping track carefully.

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