Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Twisted into knots

Question: Do you read a pattern all the way through before starting?

I know it's something you should do and it totally makes sense, but I pretty much never do it. (Kinda like checking gauge.)

Case in point: I was all revved up about coming home and starting the lace section on Kleio. I'm going to bead it too, so I went and dug out the beads I wanted. Then I come down and look at the pattern... Work braid... what braid???

Well it turned out there's this neat little twisty braid that separates the colours - and it's worked with both colours at the same time... no problem, I've gotten good at colour work....

Wait.... you want the two yarns to twist as you're working? Wait... What?
Yep... that's what is says. The result is that neat little two-colour braid you can just start to see coming along (I still have to work the other half of it.) But it also means your yarns twist all to hell.
Not only is it a bloody pain to work with... I'm working in silk... it doesn't just twist - it knots! Apparently it's all suppose to untwist as you work the next row.... here's hoping it unknots too!

6 comments:

bittenbyknittin said...

Oh, good luck with that! (although I'm sure you will do fine and the result will be beautiful.) I usually scan patterns, looking for gotcha's like nupps and finishing details that will bring a project to a grinding halt *this close* to being done, because I have learned the hard way to do at least that much.

Samantha said...

Oh the magic of knitting. It's such a pain sometimes.

Dee said...

ugh! I'm guess it will not untwist easily, but I hope it does.

Nancy Kay said...

Oh, you're kidding! That looks like such a challenge to work with. I hope it looks great when finished and that it was worth the messy yarns. I am really looking forward to seeing what this shawl looks like when off the needles!!

kathy b said...

hahaha I skim the pattern….I never read it all the way very thoroughly

Araignee said...

I am guilty of that too. The worst was on an Estonian lace pattern that had some weird grafting at the very end. I hate grafting lace. After all that work I could not figure it out and had to make something up to finish. It sure taught me a lesson.