Wednesday, July 12, 2006
"Cast on 230 stitches"...
This is the Lotus Blossom Tank from Summer '06 Interweave Knits (it is the tank on the cover of the magazine). Well, it's 3/4 of the bottom lace part...which I thought I was just about done with until I re-read the pattern and found out I needed to do 4 repeats of the 16-row pattern instead of 3). I knew then that I needed to take a little break from this pattern. I like it, but, you know, 230 stitches per row.
And it's not an even 10 stitch repeat. Oh now, some rows you knit 1 and then start the repeat, some rows you knit 2, some rows 0. So markers aren't going to help. To make sure I don't get too lost (the voice of experience of someone who's always frogged the heck out of it) I use a straightened-out paper clip to mark the start of every 10 stitch repeat. Then,once I know I have all 10 stitches present and accounted for, I move the paperclip to mark the start of the next 10 stitches.
This comes in handing since did I mention? There are 230 stitches on every row? And sometimes life does interfere, right in the middle of the row!
In addition to my upscale stitchmarker tool, I"m using the new Knit Pick Options needles. Love these. They feel just like addis to me at less than half the price. I did have a little unscrewing problem but that was my own fault for not using the tightening tool.
I'm off to visit some family for a couple of days and the tank is staying here. I think I'll be in a better mood when we're reunited.