So I’ll admit, I was feeling pretty smug going into our Nijo Knit-Along. It’s been a while since I’ve had any major knitting uh-ohs and honestly, I wasn’t sure what I’d write about. Yeah, I’d have a few dropped stitches, but Emily’s quick fix video would help with that.
I knit up a swatch, did some sloppy, unblocked measuring and cast-on. It was smooth sailing…full steam ahead! And then at about 9 inches in (in the round, no less), I started to realize it was looking a little big.
How big, you ask?
Approximately 24. 5 inches (front and back), which meant I was looking at 13 extra inches of ease for my size (36 inches).
It was sad, but it was also Friday afternoon – hours before my road trip to New Hampshire for the Squam Art Fair and a visit with family – so there really wasn’t any time for tears. I was now nearly a week behind and starting over was the only logical option.
In between shopping, hiking and playing with my niece and her new puppy (who was convinced that my knitting was his own personal chew toy), I started swatching again, going down a needle size and concentrating on my tension. It was still too big.
When I got back to work on Monday, I went down another size (US 6, for anyone keeping score) and finally got a something that resembled 4 inches.
Then I wet blocked it overnight…it grew nearly an inch in length and a half inch in width. Much more manageable!
My new Nijo is already underway and I’ve even learned some tricks from my first attempt. I’ve started counting my stitches on every row 5 of the pattern stitch because it’s just stockinette stitch, which makes it easier to keep track. This has helped me find a few forgotten or dropped yarn overs, before they cause any problems.
Do you have any tips or tricks for lace knitting? Or any of your own swatch-related disasters?