I have been knitting for just over a year now. I’ve moved on from the simple projects to slightly more advanced ones. Of course, there’s still a lot more I want to learn. But, I figured I could at least follow a pattern without making major mistakes. Apparently I was wrong.
On Saturday, I started knitting a blanket. I’ve started one other blanket, but quit after just a few rows. I was using a super bulky yarn and found it very difficult to work with. So, I just ripped it out and decided to put it away. I might take the yarn back out some other time and try to work with it again though. The one I just started uses a light weight yarn though, so I should have an easier time with it.
So, Saturday afternoon when the kids were in their rooms for nap time(cannot knit when the monster man is up. He will not allow it), I cast on 121 stitches to start the blanket. The instructions said to knit the first five rows. Okay, that’s easy enough. I got the first two rows knitted during nap time. After the kids were in bed that night, I got the rest of that part finished and moved on to the pattern rows, which is four rows that are repeated for the length of the blanket. I got the first two of those done(the first a knit row and the second row was purl). But, the instructions also said to keep the first and last six stitches of each row in garter stitch(knit every row). I decided to forget about that part though, I guess.
It was on Sunday when I was about halfway through the third row of this pattern that I remembered. So, I had to rip out the stitches I’d just knit for that row. I thought that was going to be good then remembered the row before was a purl row, so I had to rip that one out too. And since I was apparently still not thinking, I started to rip out the one before that. Then, I remembered that was the knit row, so obviously the first and last stitches were knit. I did finally get back to where I had started that afternoon. But, that was about an hour and a half of basically wasted time. Sunday night, I did get the next six rows done, so have finished two repeats of the pattern rows. And I put stitch markers on the needles after the first six and before the last six, so hopefully I will not make the same mistake again.