In which I finish something that I totally made up


First things first, I finished this black sweater that I totally made up as I went along.016

I used the stitch count from a random Drops pattern to decide how much to cast on, but that was pretty much it. I just knew what I wanted, a long, loose-fitting, long-sleeved sweater to wear with my awesome galaxy leggings. So I kinda made it up, worked in the round up to where I thought the armscye should be and did stuff that made sense to me. I picked up and knit down for the sleeves (first one took four attempts, but the second one only took two attempts and they match!). It’s 100% acrylic (because I’m all class) so I steam blocked it.  Steam-blocking has softened it up really nicely and I will be able to chuck it in the washing machine. The other bonus is that I will never need to block it again.

Oh yeah, baby. Check out my Forest Petals Shawl. I started this quite a while ago and made few mistakes (that were rectified more easily than I thought possible). So ten months later, finished shawl! There may be photos in situ later, but no promises.be246220-d772-4395-9d20-a6d6c79f549awallpaper


I bought some Noir sock yarn for Xmas knitting from a lovely Raveller. She gave them to me at an absolute bargain and I was totally thrilled. I’ve already divided one ball in two ready to cast on some toe-up, two-at-a-time vanilla socks. Wish me luck, because I’ve never done this before and I’ve always hated socks (but I think that is because it was the first time and I was knitting overly complex knee-high socks).


Oh noes! Making Mistakes has become Predictable.


Working on Drops 106-11, a moss stitch cardigan with a shawl collar. Whilst I’m not usually a fan of the shawl collar, this one is not as exaggerated as some and therefore acceptable.

I have completed the back, and I feel satisfied that it is “correct”. I cast on for the left front, worked the moss stitch edging and then began the shaping for the waist…

I forgot to work the side edging in moss stitch. Why? I don’t know, maybe I was DISTRACTED by the fact that the instructions say I need to decrease every x cms when the garment has reached x cms, then increase every x cms, whilst at the same time work the neckline starting when the garment has reached x cms and increasing every x cms AND at the same time increase the moss stitch edging by one stitch every x cms starting at x cms, not forgetting to cast off for the armhole when the garment reaches x cms. Perhaps that is why I neglected to work the moss stitch edge.

In order to prevent mistakes (hysterical and slightly maniacal laughter at myself for thinking it was possible) I first established how many rows per 10cm I was getting, and reduced that to how many rows per cm to two decimal points (to increase accuracy). At this point, I was pretty happy that I made notes about the shaping for the back because we just can’t take it for granted that I would do something so sensible! Using my mad math skillz I worked out the rows on which the increasing and decreasing and so forth would happen.

Fingers crossed, eh?

Revisiting the side edging that didn’t happen – while I would be perfectly capable of dropping the requisite stitches and then just working those back up in moss stitch, I’m guessing that it would be so fiddly that it would be more time consuming than just ripping back the twenty rows.