The Girl Friday sweater, a free pattern by Mercedes Tarasovich, has been in my knitting bucket list since the very beginning of my knitting obsession. Since learning that Mercedes will be teaching at Super Summer Knittogether 2016 (SSK) I moved Girl Friday into this year’s project queue. But it has been cleaned out of my queue & bucket list. I am no longer in denial. Reality has sunk in.
The SSK KAL (knit along) for Mercedes patterns runs April-May. I thought I was being proactive & prepared by swatching the week before. Unfortunately, I was STILL swatching two weeks into April. I finally gave up on that and two other of her sweaters, I thought could work instead.
Swatch 1: love the ‘fabric’ created. Except for two things.
The lumpiness or uneven stitches clearly seen in the ribbing & stockinette sections. It’s because this is being knitted from unraveling a thrift shop sweater. To correct this issue, I would need to completely unravel the thrift shop sweater, winding it into hanks, wet block the kinks out, and then wind them into bowls. That process would take at least a week.
The second reason, it is more of a DK or heavy fingering weight yarn. Not worsted weight as I had thought.
Swatch 2. Didn’t bother photographing it.
Swatch 3: I found this yarn on clearance at Michaels, Isaac’s Colorways Merino Blend. The only color in sweater quantity is the cream. Of course, it’s not really light worsted as labeled nor in the same weight as recommended by the pattern.
Sadly, I finally realized that I just didn’t want a sweater full of this lace pattern. Maybe as a border above the ribbing.
Pattern 2:Metropole coat is in the Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Line book. This pattern is in linen stitch and a long coat. (I don’t have enough Aran or bulky weight yarn. And too ambitious for my first big project. And really, too ambitious anytime soon. )
Pattern 3: Lattice Edge cardigan is in the Brioche Chic book I just found on the last road trip.
I really like the lattice design. Not crazy about wearing a dolman sweater.
Basically, I realize that for at least my first sweater project, I should buy the recommended yarn for the pattern and pick a basic sweater shape. I don’t currently have the brain power to adjust all the numbers.
I have moved on to other Mercedes projects during the KAL. Mercedes has two courses on Craftsy. I purchased the simpler one, Brioche Knitting, Made Easy.
Already finished two hats in brioche. Brioche is much more fun than I expected. The hats were very easy.
Until the third project. Now instead of dropping patterns, I’m dropping stitches causing great setbacks. I’m working on the Openwork Triangle shawl, from the Brioche Chic book. Super simple pattern. I don’t need to look at the pattern until the border.
What I’m learning right now is how tentative those stitches are on the needles. Normal dropped stitches are easy to fix with a crochet hook. Not brioche and especially NOT above an increase. A dropped stitch loop falls like water over a waterfall cascading down the rows.
After tinking* back 20 rows, knitting up 10, and discovering a few dropped stitches below and tinking back another 24 rows, LIFELINES are a necessary evil (preventive measure).
*tinking, as opposed to ripping back, is a more careful way of undoing your knitting.
Huge progress on the shawl after using lifelines every 12 rows.
You see, this last week I dropped a third thing…me. Twisted my ankle on the curb & banged my knee dropping to the ground.
Not much else to do but knit and catch up on a backlog of podcasts. Thank God for knitting!
Wow, which leads to a fourth thing I dropped podcast subscriptions. Very interesting listening to back to back episodes, my tolerance for useless banter or lots of commercials dropped to zero.