Saturday, September 11, 2010
Mystery Shawl 17 - Clue 4
My most frequent errors are forgetting a yarn over, or putting one in when I shouldn't and both of these are very easy to fix, provided you find them within the next two rows (the wrong side row and the next right side row). Dropping a stitch or picking one up is simple and blocking will generally remove any resulting unevenness. Counting is also an essential skill. I routinely count the knit stitches between the lace motifs, even if there is only one. Before beginning a chart I will write down the number of knit stitches on the chart for any stretch that contains more than 4 stitches. I don't use markers, except on circular shawls and then only to mark the beginning of the round. I find that they get in the way of my reading my knitting. When I am tired, or for particularly tricky rows I will look back over the knitting (proofread it, so to speak) before beginning the wrong side row to try to catch any mistakes I may have made. If I spot a missed yarn over I mark the spot with a split ring marker and fix it as I purl back. Similarly if I put a yarn over in where it doesn't belong.
One slight challenge that I had on this clue was the fact that I ran out of the beads that I was using. What is worse, I could not get more of that color - yes some beads have dye lots, just like yarn. Fortunately I had some that were in a similar color and I had enough of the original color to get to a spot in the pattern where switching colors would not look out of place and one could even say it was intentional. One thing that I deliberately do is not plan my projects too carefully. I like the fun and challenge of improvising with my materials. Fortunately I have a large enough stash of beads and fiber that I can do that. Here is a close up of the color switch.
Beadcats universe they are stock numbers 2-08-154-90 and 2-08-152-90, respectively. I really love the second bead color and have to figure out something to make with them. They have just the most wonderful pearly sheen to them.