#1 Rule in Knitting

It seems there are some rules in life that you just keep relearning. The same is true in knitting. I think the #1 Rule in Knitting should be  “LOOK AT YOUR WORK — OFTEN!” Sometimes I just get going on a pattern and knit, knit, knit. Like I did today working on my “Imagine When Gradient Shawl.”

I bought this kit about a year ago from Tolt Yarn and Wool at “Pitch and Stitch” with the Mariners. It included four skeins of Yoth Yarn in gradient shades of blue and the “Imagine When” pattern by Joji Locatelli. The original pattern was done in one color, but Veronika Jobe of Yoth Yarns included her notes for doing a gradient version in the kit. The sample they were showing was to die for!

Yoth Yarns in Blue Gradient
Yoth Yarns in Blue Gradient

In my last post I wrote about how I misread the directions by not reading closely, but after that I was off to a great start!

Shawl Detail
Shawl Details

The bottom edge of the shawl has a picot edge and the top edge is straight. Here is a photo of the photo on the back of the pattern, “Imagine When…” by Joji Locatelli. The lines are beautiful!

Imagine When... by Joji Locatelli
Imagine When…
by Joji Locatelli

I worked sections 1, 2 and 3 with no problem. Then I changed to the second lightest shade of blue for section 4 with no problem. When I started section 5 with the darker blue, I was sure that there was a misprint in the pattern and WS / RS were mixed up. I searched on line for any errata, but finding none I just continued on — big mistake! At first it looked sort of OK —

At Start of Section 5 with Third Blue Shade
At Start of Section 5 with Third Blue Shade

If you are beyond the beginner knitter stage you probably see the problem already! But I didn’t see it when I took this photo.

Then with only 12 more short rows left in Section 5, I laid down my knitting to admire it….and then I saw it….

Almost done with Section 5
Almost done with Section 5

Why did the straight edge change to a picot edge? And why isn’t the point of this section tucked beside the point of Section 4?

Full View
Full View

And why is this section inverted? Oh, No………..remember when I thought WS and RS were mixed up in the pattern and just kept on going? It wasn’t the pattern — it was me!

Frogging 62 rows right now just seems unsurmountable. So into time out it goes! I think July 5th may be when it comes out.


7 thoughts on “#1 Rule in Knitting

  1. Oh, Gretchen. Been there. Done that. I came up with same conclusion. Stop & admire work often. Learning this is never ending!

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