My Hemlock Ring Blanket is making s-l-o-w progress. This is attributable to the fact that as the blanket grows so do the number of stitches.
Further, since the Hemlock Ring Blanket has gotten too large to be contained on my longest 10.5 needle, I have switched to Denises where I can keep adding to the length. The bad news is that the joins have a propensity to come undone in the middle of rows. As a result, I have to stop and readjust the needle and stitches. Fortunately, there haven’t been any lost stitches yet (fingers crossed!)
While I was chugging along on the train back from Montauk, I had ripped and had the needles break. Leaving me too frustrated to continue.
After undoing one row twice (an evening’s work each time!), I have decided to take out the needle and lay it out on the bed since I think that there is a problem.
I was right (I am sorry to say. I would much rather put the stitches back on the needles and call it a day! But my stitch counts were off by way TOO much and I couldn’t get the pattern in line with the previous stripes.) There are ruffles where the YOs gather. Opps!
My husband counseled me to declare victory but the lap blanket is a mere 36 inches and there is more than 2 balls of yarn left which I wouldn’t use for anything since it’s very thick.
So a careful frogging we will go and hopefully I will only need to undo one stripe! This time I am going to be careful about counting the number of stitches in each repeat (reminder to self!)
- Consider the length of the largest edge of live stitches to ensure that you have needles that can comfortably accommodate your work. Flexible needles such as Denises or KnitPicks can be very helpful.
- Check your stitch count at regular intervals to reduce frogging. Had I counted the pattern row (which is every 5th row, I wouldn’t have needed to rip. The time re-doing and ripping far exceeded the time saved by not counting each pattern.)
What do you do when you get into this type of situation? Declare victory? Rip? Let it sit in your knitting bag?
Until next time, happy knitting.
Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief