Knitting Mistakes

Knitting Mistakes

My cabled dress is coming along better than expected. I’ve never knitted a sweater of any sort, so the pattern I’ve used had many parts I had to learn.

Some things I figured out quite easily, while other parts of the pattern was learned through trial and error. I’ve frogged and tinked so many times, I’ve become much better at following vague directions. The pattern is considered advanced, so knitting correctly gives me a tremendous confidence boost. However, to keep me grounded and not let that confidence give me a big head, I occasionally make a mistake and not realize it until further down the pattern, because I don’t pay close enough attention to my work.

The sweater I’m working on is cabled. It’s covered in them. I’ve become addicted to cabling because of the beautiful results. As you can see here, I’ve made a terrible mistake.

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I didn’t realize my cable error until I finished the yoke, sewn the seam, and picked up along the edge. Well, you live and you learn. I guess this part of the sweater will be hidden behind a scarf, pin, or cardigan. πŸ˜€

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Slowly but Surely

Slowly but Surely

I’m still very much a novice even though I’ve been knitting for a while now. Trying new endeavors and really challenging myself is the best way for me to learn.

I’ve been working on that dress from my first blog post and got to this point:

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I’ve frogged my progress 4 times until I was happy with my results. I think I have it right.

Thank goodness for the internet. I’ve found plenty of resources showing techniques, and even a knit-along for this pattern (it’s for the tunic version):

Cable Luxe Tunic Knit-Along: Let’s Get Started!

Progress is slow since I’m still new to most of what I’m doing with this pattern. The best way to learn is to immerse myself in it. Still trying to finish it this year on top of the many other things I have planned. πŸ˜€

Thick and Thin

Thick and Thin

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photo:joann.com

Recently I’ve bought some thick and thin yarn, also known as slub yarn. It’s soft and pretty, and the thick and thin parts give it a nice texture. I bought two skeins of it and then set off online to see what I could make with it.

Ravelry is my first stop in looking for ideas. That site is full of patterns and inspiration. With the first skein of my yarn, I made a twisted drop stitch infinity scarf using this pattern

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Now, what to do with the other skein? While searching for patterns, I came across this beautiful cable project and just had to make something.

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photo: ravelry - mamatronic

I’ve made plenty of scarves, cowls, and hats so I wanted something different. Why not a clutch, purse, or wallet of some kind? Just knit the pattern to the desired length, fold, sew, add lining and some way to close, and voila! I have… something.

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The cables are there, but not very prominent. I frogged this one and decided to use a yarn that is much smoother and consistent.

Now what? I have one skein of slub yarn. I am still searching. Until then..

Ultimate Project 2016

Ultimate Project 2016

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Lion Brand Cable Luxe Tunic and Maxi

This year I have decided to start a knitting blog so I can have a place to share my work and share any knitting tidbits I find worthy of sharing with the world. I’m just a novice, but I’m always looking for a challenge and I think I’ve found one.

My big project for this year is Lion Brand’s Cable Luxe Maxi dress. I’ve never taken on such a big project before, so I’m really looking forward to learning new techniques in making garments. I’ve discovered online that many people have made this beautiful piece and have put their own little spin on it. I’m impressed by all their work, but I think I’ll just stick to the basics and knit this up as is.

So far, I’ve gotten a third of the way through step one.

I may be finished with it by this time next year (fingers crossed).