Yesterday I confessed my ineptitude with using a crochet chain for a provisional cast-on. (Thanks, by the way, to Susanna for mentioning in yesterday’s comments the better provisional cast-on. I do have Nancie Wiseman’s book of finishing techniques — I think — so I’ll check it out there before I do my next provisional cast-on.)
Another comment reminded me of another of my past ineptitudes. Loren commented:
I had to frog my Kiri shawl this morning. Is there a special technique to use when knitting several repeats within a row? I can’t seem to keep count and do want to knit this shawl before the end of the summer.
Two words: stitch markers. Put a stitch marker in between every freaking pattern repeat. This is why I own approximately one billion stitch markers.
I used to not do this. And then when I eneded up off by a stitch, spent a whole lotta time trying to figure out where I went wrong.
Last night I picked up the stitches around the center square of Tina, and started knitting the first border pattern. My knitting is sprinkled liberally with stitch markers.
I like the little red rubber rings the best. I have some sterling silver jump rings that are nice, but they have a tendency to fly off the end of my needle if I look at them funny.
The Tina shawl has four sides. The increases are done at the four corners. I put medium-sized markers at the corners so I’ll easily recognize it when I come upon it in knitting.
I mark off the pattern repeats between the corners with the small-sized markers.
I have pinned a small coilless safety pin near the marker that marks the beginning of the round, though I could also use a different marker there.
The pattern repeats on this border are 24 stitches, so I have discrete universes of 24 stitches bordered by markers. It’s a heckuva lot easier to keep track of your pattern in small increments like this.
Sometimes the markers have to be shifted — like if they fall in the middle of a double decrease. That’s slightly annoying, but not annoying enough to make me want to stop using markers.
Vee Haf Vays of Enhancing Our Stash
In today’s mail:
Fingering and laceweight yarns from one of my favorite eBay sellers, Over the Rainbow Yarns.
Vee Haf Vays of Trying to Keep Cool
When it’s fifty billion degrees outside with 5 billion percent humidity, I am driven to desperate measures.
I get half my hair chopped off!
Lucy is sticking with her usual look.