Recently, while provided post-op care to an out-of-town relative, I turned my hand to a craft I've overlooked for many years.
I learnt to knit as a child but always favoured sewing, and was admittedly rusty. However, YouTube provides a wealth of tutorials, and I quickly found my footing, as well as pick up many new tricks and tips.
The pattern and pure NZ wool yarn are both from KnitWorld. Of course, I couldn't just follow the pattern, could I?! Straight away, I changed from single to double rib for all the cuffs and bands, then, when the back was finished, I decided to mix it up a little and add a cable twist at centre front. (5/5 stitch instead of usual 3/3 stitch, hence the 10 rows mentioned in a moment...)
Unfortunately, I made the rookie mistake of not buying enough yarn (especially as I was altering the pattern), which I realised while knitting the sleeves. So I unravelled 10 rows from the front and back - I'd much rather the sleeves be a good length with a slightly too short body than the other way around.
|(Looking a little rumpled, photos taken before a good press and steam!)|
Even though I made many, many mistakes, I'm pleased I persevered because I love the result, which has already been worn several times. I've already started on the next project - a sweater for SunnyJim. Should be finished in time for next winter (hee, hee).