Tuesday, May 17, 2011
A Knitting Lesson
Each time I post and share a project, I like to display the finished article, hopefully devoid of mistakes. This time I'd like to share a project with you, and make a confession. This is not working!!! I have lots of knitted lace table mat projects in ANNA magazines, but the instructions are given as symbols on graphs, something I've yet to come to terms with. The above project was taken from a website offering free patterns [it is not from ANNA, and the instructions are given in written form]. I have to tell you this pattern had mistakes - incorrect row counts - and was incomplete. I thought I could continue and end up with something like the original in the photograph.
I can knit, but sometimes I lack the expertise needed to understand how patterns are formed, and perhaps this is why my project has now been pulled off the needles and, as a table mat, well it makes a good knitting lesson!!
I now understand where and when I should have worked certain patterning stitches, but to actually 'unknit' this on the four needles right back to where I needed to was going to take me longer than it's taken to get this far. Therefore, in the interests of good commonsense, I'm starting again, but possibly with a different design.
I do like this design, but there others I have that I like more. After I suck it in and get over this setback, I'll be at it again making amends and getting on with another project.
I actually purchased two books from Fishpond, both dedicated to fine lace knitting, with both written and graphed instructions. I'll be damned if I'll be beaten on this. When the books arrive, I'll make a choice, ie use their patterns, or try one from ANNA.
Wish me luck.
I thought it might interest some of my readers to know all does not go according to the blue print. This type of work is something I've longed to do for a number of years, so I will start another project ASAP, and hopefully have something very nice to share in due course.