We all know how important it is to have a simple little stockinette project on the needles, for those times when you want something mindless to knit. Or when you’ve screwed up a row of your slightly lacy cardigan and aren’t ready to face fixing it …
LEFT: Cabinfour’s Nordic Wind is a super simple little triangle shawl with wide stripes — shown in four shades of grey, from dark to light, for a little bit of ombré effect.
RIGHT: The Purl Bee’s Beautiful Spring Scarf is nothing but a stockinette rectangle with fringe. But ooh la la, how curious am I about that cashmere-linen blend yarn it’s designed for. And the idea of nylon cord for the fringe is pretty genius.
karen, i just discovered your blog, & i think it’s lovely!
Oh, thank you! Glad you’re here.
i’m anxious to try purl’s new yarn, i really like both of these knits and had favorited them too. i recently made a cowl with rowan’s kid silk haze that looks similar to the nordic wind, with the ombré effect, it was interesting to make. a very simple stockinette-in-the-round pattern. yarn is held double throughout, and colors are alternated to create ombre stripes: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/lorix5/ombre-cowl-hood
these would all make great travel projects! on your cardigan have you been using lifelines? they really do save your (lace knitting) life.
I have been diligent about that in the past and am not sure why I’m not doing it here. I think it’s part overconfidence, part not having anything teeny enough to not stretch out these tight little stockinette stitches, and part trial by fire. I’m really confident in my ability to read my work and see where things have gone wrong. And I honestly don’t make a lot of mistakes — I knit a lot of stockinette, for one thing, but I’m not prone to dropping stitches, etc. This means I don’t have to fix mistakes very often, or the mistakes are not hard to fix, and I genuinely want to work on my fix-it skills, so I think some part of me doesn’t want the option of just ripping back to the last lifeline. (While part of me definitely does want that!) The people I’m most in awe of are people who really know how to fix things, so those are skills I want to learn.
The only mistake I’ve made with my Acer so far (that went beyond ‘oops, skipped something, tink back a few stitches and do over’) was that one night I twisted a cable the wrong direction. It was the one smack dab in the middle of the back, and I didn’t notice it until the end of the (long) row. I was really proud of myself for going ahead and working the next row back to that spot, dropping those five stitches, and reworking them correctly from the right side, before carrying on. (With invaluable help from a Yarnharlot tutorial.)
This new mistake, though, might be the one where I really did need a lifeline to rip to. I was working on this while socializing, which was stupid, and in one section of the chart I left out two yarnovers. It was the last stretch of that row, so I could have easily tinked and fixed … had I noticed. But I’ve already purled back across the row. So I’m not sure if that can be fixed by dropping stitches, given that the necessary fix is to add in two yarnovers. Argh.
Yes, I definitely need something else on the needles as Acer has been driving me slightly nuts; I’ve made quite a few mistakes & frogged the whole thing. I love the Nordic wind shawl. x
Oh no! It was looking so great.
ah that social knitting, i know better and do it too, that and sleep knitting, one more row way past bedtime gets me in trouble! i agree it is really good to know how to fix mistakes, and i think you can fix those yo’s by picking up the bar between and lifting it to your needle?
I wondered about that, but my fear is that will be so tight it won’t have the effect of a yarnover at all. I think I just have to rip two rows — back to the previous non-lace row.
Totally with you on this. Love them! These are beautiful choices. Thanks!
My no-brainer knit project is the Churchmouse poncho. I can even work on it in the movie theater, LOVE that! : )
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