I am going OUT OF MY MIND trying to knit this supposedly EASY pattern. If I am not dropping stitches on the DPN’s (it has only just now occoured to me to figure out how to pick up a dropped stitch on a pearl row) I’m screwing up the gauge, or twisting the cable in the wrong direction, or or or or OR. I’ve frogged these gloves so many times I think I have rendered my yarn unusable. The once smooth, soft Debbie Bliss Cashmerino yarn is now pretty frizzy at the beginning.
This is one of my attempts that went awry (you can’t see all the bad mistakes in this photo)
The thing is, that gauge was WAY off EVEN though I did a swatch. I’ve never once had a gauge swatch accurately depict the actual gauge I knit. By the time I got to the second glove I was a lot better with the DPNs and my gauge was MUCH tighter, so much so that they actually looked like they were knitted by a different person! The two gloves weren’t even looking close to the same size. I also ran out of yarn because I used so much knitting the first glove with the wrong gauge. So I decided to cut my losses and frog the whole darn project. But I had already bound off/broke yarn with the first and now I am thinking I will have a zillion breaks in the yarn by the time I get to my second glove. And of course there is that yarn-so-freyed-it’s-icky to knit with issue, too. Perhaps I will buy a new ball, but that seems so wasteful.
This “fast knit” project that I’ve seen other knitters say they did in ONE SITTING takes me probably two days to knit each glove because I have two babies 16 months apart (21 mo and 5 mo). Between having my work pulled out by my toddler or having my baby yanking at me as I try to nurse and knit (note to nursing mamas: do not try to nurse and knit with DPNs, it’s just not possible to do sucessfully). I AM SO FRUSTERATED. I have never completed a project except the SNB Knitty Kerchif which really wasn’t that fantastic not to mention I never use it. Maybe part of the reason is I’m tackling projects that are too hard and I’m also a perfectionist.
Does anyone have any tips? I’m almost ready to quit again. Should I learn a new meathod, maybe? I know I don’t hold my yarn “right” (I don’t hold pencils right either!) and I knit English. Maybe I just have icky tension? Should I try magic loop for round knitting? It looks like a pain to me, I’d almost rather deal with dropped stitches on DPNs.
Help if you can! Thanks in advance.