For quite a few days now.. I’ve been meaning to let you guys know the certain knitting revelations I discovered very recently.. its very sad and hopeless that I got to know them now.. because of the fact that I’ve been knitting for about the 3 years now!! :O
Anyway, as its said better late then never..
Okay here goes..
The first revelation: Pushing me to the edge!
My edges always turn out very messy when I’m doing a stockinette.. I used to be so frustrated and I almost never wanted to knit again..
But then knitting is really addictive.. granted crochet is easy.. but knitting is like.. Uh, I don’t know.. an old song which you’ll never get tired of.. a song which when you hear even after many many years, you’ll still know every word!
So well a couple of days back I picked up my knitting again.. and I was brushing up on it.. by watching some videos on youtube.. and Knitpurlhunter.com (This site is great!)
That’s when I noticed when people did a Stockinette, most of them just slipped the first stitch on to the right hand needle without knitting it!! (on the right side).
The same was done with the last stitch.
And these stitches were only purled at the wrong side!!
When I did that, my edges were so neat and all was right with the world again!! 😛
The second revelation (cue choir music): The BERMUDA CURVE
See this bag here?
Well It’s a knitted bag.. and from all the neat work its so obvious I didn’t do it.. I bought this one a few months ago..
And since then I was obsessed with finding out how the curve was done..
And it didn’t click me.. until a few weeks ago.. its just like how you do round necklines in pull-overs.. So I started hunting out neckline instructions.. but I did not find any explicit instructions..
I found a video on youtube about round neck.. A Ms. Paula Wards Video.. She was really helpful and even answered a query I posted!
But then it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.. The round neck is achieved only when you complete a separate line of ribbing..
If you look at this bag closely.. it just ends the way it started.. a 2×2 ribbing throughout..
So I went into a frenzy and started posting the questions on forums!!! At midnight.. Its not like it couldn’t wait..
But I really just had to find it out, or I would have gone mad!!!
The first video which gave me a clue as to where to get started was this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9m9ev89rTM
It was by a channel called Wool and the Gang (after checking out that video.. I ended up browsing through their entire list.. and I liked it.. So now they’re my new favourite go-to option when I have a knitting doubt!)
But the necklines they show are just rectangular.. they did say decrease occasionally to get a curve neckline..
So armed with that tid-bit of info I started.. with a small piece(I cast on 20 sts).. but no matter how hard I tried.. I decreased at the start as well as the end in each “strap”.. it didn’t work.. I decreased alternative rows.. nope, no luck..
I decreased at both knit and purl rows.. still no luck…
The curve just ended up being so wide open it was anything but circular or round.. Or it’ll be too steep that It was more like a “V” shape.. it was terrible..
Then I finally got my answer in RAVELRY!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS AT RAVELRY!! The members were so prompt and I got a reply the next morning itself!! (I posted at midnight and slept off in frustration..)
One member had suggested I should start with a particular number, then start decreasing the decreases successively.
For example, in the first row I take 3 stitches and knit them into 1 (decrease). In the next row I do the same..
But in the next row I shiuld take 2 stitches and knit them into one.. this way I should reduce the number of deacreases as I go up..
AND IT WORKED!!! TA-DAAAAH!!
The first one is in stockinette.. the second one (brown) is in ribbing.. I wanted to see if it works for ribbing… and the result is right there!
Hence the mystery of the unachievable curve was solved!! Thank you members of ravelry!! XOXOXO
Among the many suggestions.. one member suggested I use a Knitting graph.. And that’s my 3rd revelation
The third revelation: Graphology
I had never heard of knitting graphs before and it was a totally new concept!! So I started researching it (ahem, read googling it) and I opened the door to a completely new world!!
I found this really cool website which helps you do online graphs..
Check it out: http://www.tricksyknitter.com/
Then I found pages on how to do your own Knitting graphs using excel which was super cool!!
Check this if youre interested! I found this one really helpful: http://crochetparfait.blogspot.ae/2013/06/making-your-own-crochet-or-knitting.html?showComment=1385493766695#c1512045237651664388
My fourth revelation: All hail the charts!
I was one of those people.. who when they see a chart with complicated slashes and dots and stuff, hikes their jean and runs for their dear life!!
Im absolutely terrified of charts and keys..
But browsing for graphs, I came across charts.. and found that they aren’t so complicated.. and its actually very very simple!
So steeling my resolve I started with a really nice looking pattern on: http://freeknitstitches.com/
They have a nice collection of patterns and most are very simple!
I started with this pattern: http://freeknitstitches.com/pattern.php?num=35&menu=6
Its called a salute? But I like to call it shell.. Because that’s what it looks like..
And after getting it wrong for the first time (also I did it in a darker colour, the pattern wasn’t all that visible!! Dumb me), I tried it again in a lighter colour and it turned out so pretty!!
Im not afraid of charts anymore 😀 WOOOHOOOO!!
So I attempted this one as well from the same website.. and I guess I was knitting too loose, so it turned out like this..
The leaf pattern is visible but not as pretty as they showed.. Im gonna give it another shot!
My 5th and final revelation: CABLE ALL THE WAY!!
I love cables and twist stitches.. They’re so decorative and pretty.. as a pretty strong disliker of embellishments, I like patterns which have built in decorative purpose.. so its no surprise I luuuurve cables..
But then a few days ago I discovered theres actually different kind of cables!
See this here?
It’s a twist stitch.. basically its like a 1×1 cable and you have to carry it on every row..
Where as this one here?
It’s a cable, in which 2 or more stitches are used and its not carried on every row! You just have to carry it when the cables have to be twisted..
If you want to know more and become clear about cabling, check her out:http://www.mariegracedesigns.com/marie_grace/2008/10/ditch-that-3rd.html
She makes it so clear, you’ll never ever hate cable again!
So well after becoming a bit confident about cables, I finally attempted a full fledged (albeit a small) project and it turned out fantastic..
My dad wanted a pouch to protect his shades.. and well here it is!!
I finished it pretty quickly… took about 5 hours I guess.. Give and take..
I may have finished it earlier if I wasn’t distracted by the TV! O:)
The pattern is from here: http://www.craftcookie.com/knitting-stitches/cable-twist-stitches/176-xoxo-stitch
But I made a slight modification.. I did not like the fact that the “honeycombs” weren’t aligned properly..
So instead of repeating between the arrows (pic, below) as mentioned..
I just kept repeating the pattern between the red lines and it gave a nice aligned pattern..
After making a square piece, I just sewed up the sides and the bottom!
Here it is with the shades!
Well, these are all the revelations that dawned on me! (Pretty late I may add!)
If there are any doubts about the patterns posted here.. please let me know, I’ll simplify it!! 🙂