Wednesday, November 23, 2011

If at First You Don't Succeed...

I love working with Noro yarn. The soft feel and changing colors make knitting exciting. Perhaps I was too excited since I started with needles dp's a size too big. I finished the first glove quickly. When I made my second glove, I became horribly confused about the thumb placement. I ended up with two,  large gloves  both too big to fit my the right hand. On close inspection I found flaws in the pattern on both gloves so  I ripped both of them out. It was back to the drawing board.

This time, with the correct size needles I knitted each glove through two patterns on dp's then I switched the gloves to two circulars. This helped me make sure that both gloves would be the same and when I got to the thumbs, I placed them in the center to insure that I would indeed have a glove to fit each hand. I wouldn't say things went perfectly, but the colors match pretty well and  I am delighted with the results.

Because I had more yarn I decided to make a hat to match these great gloves. I simple made 8 pattern repeats and knitted a hat . It was while I was doing this that I remembered  Elizabeth Zimmerman's advice. .When trying a new pattern she suggests making a hat. Just measure the head you wish to fit and adjust for the pattern stitch. You have nothing but easy rounds to do. It really helps you to get familiar with the pattern and when finished instead of a gauge square you have a hat. I really wish I had done the hat first. It would have made the gloves infinitely easier to knit.

In the end I got to enjoy using this yarn  twice three times over. I love the results. I enjoyed both the process and the product making this a nearly perfect knitting project!