@ SuzeeQ: Wow. EZ herself gave us this...ah...leeway! :notworthy:
I've tried Magic Loop, but the disaster which befell my unfortunate sock (yes, singular) in an August set of classes may have been more on the instructor than on me; I've only been knitting since May. Anyhoo...the class will be on Fair Isle, so maybe one challenge at a time?
@ Jan in CA: We (current instructor and I) went for the four-needle approach in July, in another hat class. When the pattern shifted from the DPNs to the circulars, I was supposed to have 64 sts (4 motifs x 16 rows, transitioning to 8 motifs x 8 sts per motif in the first circ. row).
I had 74 sts. Somehow, in working through two motifs' worth of sts on one DPN, even though I used markers to demarcate each and every one of the four motifs, I had created 10 extra sts. It didn't look promising, trying to arrange 9 motifs symmetrically around 4 earlier ones, so I just unravelled the thing and will start again later.
Thank you both for your help tonight!
To all: Yes, I'm pushing myself. But there are reasons, and I have a technical/skill objective.
A big reason for the push is that I lost 15 years of handwork time to carpal tunnel syndrome. Couldn't crochet, do needlework of any kind: first, in order to relax my hands; then, to deal with DeQuervain's Syndrome on top of CTS; and finally to have a margin during which I would not trigger a relapse.
Fifteen years is a lot of lost time. Having finally conquered my difficulties (well, most of them) with casting on last spring, I'm now pushing through lace, cables, and Fair Isle in my first year of knitting.
The second year will prob. include entrelac and other less frequent knitting techniques.