Reading your knitting?

The Noun Project – Knitting icon.

I’m just in the process of writing a pattern for a rather nice – well I would say that – long wrap.  It has a couple of techniques that are not particularly difficult but they are important to get right. Although following the pattern to the letter will ensure that it turns out correctly, there are always those moments, when you put down your work to answer the door or pour more coffee (much more likely, let’s be honest). When you return you can easily mistake your place in the row, or even return to a completely different part of the pattern.  This is remembered pain for me – I have done it many times.  I do try to ensure I mark my rows off as I work them and this is pretty easy with a complicated pattern.  You know the jeopardy that is waiting if you don’t.  It’s the simple ones that that tend to catch me out. I was swatching a mosaic row of over 100 stitches earlier this week and when I got to the end had the wrong number of stitches left.  I’d added an extra k when I had re-started the work.  My mother of course was right when she insisted that you don’t leave your work till you have completed the row – but sometimes the coffee just needs pouring! 

All this preamble is to discuss the idea of reading your knitting.  Can you work out where you have gone wrong and then make any necessary adjustments.  I’ve just finished a side to side hat with a ‘brim’ done in a welt stitch of k 2 rows, p 2 rows.  A couple of times, I got it wrong and was able to ‘ladder back’ to change the orientation of the stitch.  I was having lunch with a friend yesterday and she just mentioned – ‘Yes, but when I do that the stitches change which way they are facing’. I was tempted to go into a detailed explanation there and then in the cafe but we had far too many other things to talk about!

So my question is – I know there is a lot of information out there on t’internet but sometimes it’s not totally focused on the piece of work you are doing.  Would a ‘reading your knitting’ bit that is specific to a pattern and shows what a stitch should look like and whether you can make any changes – or should you just bite the bullet and rip it out?  The particular pattern I’m writing has a very simple yo, k2tog lace section. It is crucial for the look and feel of the wrap that the stitches that you knit together in subsequent rows are done in one order in one bit of the wrap and a different order on the other side?  

Would a pictorial representation of this help do you think – or should I add to the hundreds of knitting ‘how to’ videos on YouTube?

One comment

  1. Funny that you should post this. I am knitting a lace blanket (MKAL) and I am using a finer alpaca with quite a bit of floof. It is definitely more difficult for me to read my knitting because the stitches are not clearly visible. I like the idea of a pictorial because it can be embedded in the printed pattern. While I find YouTube videos extremely beneficial, I am not always in a position to watch them.


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