Maybe. You do beautiful work and I certainly admire it. I guess my interest is more in other areas right now. I’m finally getting my tension issues under control and my stitches are more even. That’s been a biggie and it has been really discouraging when I’d really work at something and then uneven stitches spoil it for me. Someone else might not see it the same way as I do but I really see the loose stitches and they’re a big distraction.
Does blocking help with your tension? I knit English all my life and had tension issues when knitting flat, my purl rows were always a bit looser than my knit rows, I had to be so careful, so I can understand your frustration. Learning continental solved the problem for me, but that was a frustrating learn for me as well. Many a time I cussed and thought I would never learn it…then one day the lightbulb turned on and it has been good since then…
Love that flower pattern, are you planning on using that on a design? I could see that on the edge of a sweater or a hat?
I am constantly trying to knit Continental . I was trying it on the double knitting potholder I was working on , putting the yarn in my left hand to purl and right to knit. I could only do a few sts and then I’d lose control of the yarn in my left hand when I would try to purl. I can knit Continental but not so good on the purling.
“Blocking will fix it” doesn’t seem to work for the real tension problems. If there’s too much yarn, there’s too much yarn in the stitches and it ain’t going away. Steaming or something will help a lot if it just needs a little evening out. I finally found out that I was allowing too much space between the stitches on the right needle…Continental, I can finally manage English a bit…when I was watching a video on improving long tail cast on and how to keep it loose. The light came on! :doh: How obvious can it be and I so totally can’t see it. Anyhow, it’s a lot better now and so I’m willing to try more things.
The flower pattern may well show up on a baby something…a little dress or sweater. I have yarn to use up that will do nicely for baby girl things. I thought it would look really good on the bands of a cardigan, around the yoke, on a hat. I have to do the two color version yet. If I do it on the bands of a cardigan I guess that means facing the bands since it’s stockinette. No big deal except that how to do buttonholes in a double layer eludes me and I can’t find the answer but I guess that isn’t an issue since it would almost certainly not have buttons all the way down.
ETA Since I learned to “pick my purls” as in this video I have to be careful not to purl too tight!
Funny how we’re so opposite! I guess it comes down to how we first learned. I could only knit when I realized I could “crochet knit” and hold the yarn just like I’d been doing for crochet. I’ll keep working on my English style, I want to be able to do it! and that’s really all it is.
Very nice, to make the colours show up better next time , one thought would be light dark, light dark especially since your darks are so similiar… Yours does look pretty too…the colours are so pretty!
As to styles of knitting, all changes take time for brain memory to kick in. For me purling continental is easier than English knitting…go figure…
Nana, that thumb purling technique might become interesting when trying to work a ribbing.it is almost like a portuguese way of purling, but not quite,…I think it may slow you down??? I wonder how she knits?