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I have, once again, bitten off far more than I can chew. Like seriously, I can't find the level of instruction in a general knitting book for the thing it appears I need to learn and which isn't super easy. Also means a bit of thinking, not just monkey-see, monkey-do. Damn I hate that.

(FWIW, I decided that I might just quickly make a pair of gloves that involve lots of mini-cables, which I'm tyring to learn to do without using a cable needle because if I can get it right, it will be quicker and less fiddly. Also using charts, lots of charts. Never really used them before, not to this level anyway. Aiee. Why do I do this to myself?)

Trouble is, I've also discovered than when I allow myself to put a project aside on the grounds that I need a bit of a run-up and should do a few other simpler things first, I never get back to the original, too-difficult project and it just sits there in the corner and stares at me when it thinks I'm not looking. And then I have to find more corners for other put-off projects and before you know it I'm living in a dodecahedron and running an anti-gravity generator just so I can use all the available sort-of corners. With blu-tac as back up for when the power fails, and a rising sense of claustrophobia as I bob around in my anti-gravity world.

So I just need to keep chomping and remember to swallow occasionally.


But seriously, wouldn't that be cool? Anti-gravity in the home would mean so much more storage space.


Maybe I should put off this project and pull a few other things out of their corners and chew them first. I can think of three other UFO's off the top of my head that need to be dealt with.



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Jun. 13th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
I have a friend whose motto is 'real women don't practice' which means she just dives into difficult projects and undoes the bits that don't work. It means that she achieves a great deal.

I cable without a cable needle by just pinching the bit I'm cabling with my left hand - providing you're using something reasonably sticky like wool those stitches don't really want to go anywhere - it's more problematic if you're using a slippery yarn in which case I do use a cable needle.

For charts which are anything more than basic, I photocopy as many copies as I need and highlight each copy as I go. I believe you can also get nifty coloured rulers to do the job. And I sometimes find it useful to put direction arrows on if I'm not knitting in the round.
Jun. 14th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)

It's a 4 ply on 2.25 needles, so the loops are small. The instructions I've found seem to work though - just need practice now.

Now the charts: I read from right to left, then back left to right on the even rows, right?

This means the purl/knit symbol is reversed.

Should I also reverse the type of crossover I'm doing on the even rows? (ie - translate the symbol to its opposite)?
Jun. 14th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
You're definitely a 'Real Woman'!

Yes, the chart reading is reversed as you describe unless you're knitting in the round in which case you read each row from right to left. Knit stitches become purls and vice versa - I tend to think of it as a reverse stitch which means it's the same symbol whichever side you're working on.

Generally cable patterns don't require you to do anything on the purl rows - just knit a straight row, which makes life a lot easier, but I can't tell whether that applies to your pattern without seeing it. Is it one that's on Ravelry? There's a kind of logic to cables which will become apparent as you make them - mostly they just keep twisting in the same direction and move because you're moving where you start and end them. I'm quite sure that makes no sense, but I suspect it will when you've done a few.
Jun. 14th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
For clarity: where I said 'knit a straight row' what that means is work a row without cabling - just purl where you're supposed to purl and knit where you're supposed to knit.
Jun. 15th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
You're definitely a 'Real Woman'!


And many thanks for the advice!

The pattern's from Knitty: Kingdom gloves. Found via Ravelry of course. I was struck by a pair someone did in white, I've got the same yarn sitting in my stash. and thought it might be a nice, quick stash buster, hahahahah. I always do this, I must really get into the habit of reading the small print first. :D
Jun. 15th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Nice, yes. Stashbuster, yes. Quick, no.

That's a complicated pattern, and has a few tricks to it. Beware that you need to read chart A back and forth as the cuff is worked on two needles, but charts B and following are knitted in round so each row is read right to left.

The exception to this is that the pattern also incorporates short rows, where you wrap and turn, effectively meaning that for the short row section of the pattern you won't be knitting in the round, but doing a purl row, following the chart left to right.

The big advantage of the pattern is that while it's complicated, it's also small and once you wrap your head around it, I think you'll be fine. OTOH you might want to consider if any amputees you know would like a glove.

The even rows on Chart A are relatively easy but the cabling work is mostly happening on the odd rows. The pattern seems to reverse cables for you, so do it as the chart indicates, don't reverse it in your head.

Jun. 18th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)

Of course, my other option is to see if anyone I know has really non-symmetrical hands. And going on how I tend to approach these sorts of projects, I suspect in the end there will be three gloves so I should probably keep an eye out for Zaphod Beeblebrox, although I doubt they're his style.
Jun. 14th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Andrew keeps looking at your icon and giggling. And then singing 'Can we fix it, no, it's fucked!' and giggling again.

I, on the other hand, want to live in your dodecahedron anti-gravity house.
Jun. 18th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Of course you do! Everyone wants to live in a dodecahedron anti-gravity house, even if they don't know it yet!

It kicks house-arse.
Jun. 19th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Clearly, there is a market for this! You should design one!
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