This story might have a sad ending. I am not sure because I haven’t reached the end of it yet.
Some of you know, I’m having a baby! No, that isn’t the sad part. I’m also Orthodox, which means babies are baptized after they are 40 days old. So I found this beautiful baptism gown, which I love. I did all the necessary requirements, well except wind the yarn. I’m writing this post instead of winding the yarn.
I bought the pattern and set about reading it to see what I had gotten myself into. The first big thing, no charts. A lace pattern without charts? I am feeling pretty apprehensive. There is a reason why I love charts and that is I can’t read written directions very well. But I calmed myself. It’s ok. It’s only a 16 row repeat. You could even chart it out yourself to give you practice for designing. I soothed myself with these thoughts.
Then I actually read the pattern. It states:
With one ball of yarn and size 3.75mm needles cast on 72 sts.
With a second ball of yarn, on same needles, cast on 141 sts.
With a third ball of yarn, on same needles, cast on 72 sts.
Purl 1 row, increasing 3 stitches across the centre 141 sts. (144 sts)
Uh what? 3 balls of yarn? What the heck?!
Turns out that those 3 holes are for the arms later. You have to seam the arms onto the dress I guess. At this point, I have pulled the emergency brake.
After one lace repeat on each of the 3 balls, you knit them all together (the start of the skirt I suppose), but flat. Oh hell no. I refuse to work a skirt flat so that I have to seam it all up the back. UGH. Luckily I will just join it in the round there (and so did everyone who has knit this pattern before).
So I realized if I am going to knit this pattern, I am going to have to change it to suit my needs.
First off, there is no way I am knitting with 3 different balls of yarn.
- I’m lazy and I don’t want to have to wind all three balls of yarn at once
- I would rather have live stitches hanging out than trying to seam it later
- I don’t mind working sleeves from the top down.
- Just no.
Unfortunately, all my experience has to do with knitting lace shawls, not sweaters. I think I can just cast on extra stitches and let them hang out on placeholders, but I am not really sure. Any knitting experts want to chime in? Would I add the stitches to the cast on section (the upper part of the shoulders) or do I keep adding stitches as I go down the repeat? Or do I just add all the stitches at the bottom of the repeat? I have no clue.
So I am talking to one of my online knitting groups, and I will be talking to my in-person knitting group. I hope they can set me straight. However, there is no way I can cast on until I figure this out. So I am just going to have to put this off another day. Rather frustrating but you can either fall the directions or try it your own way. And we know I am all about doing things my way.
I’ll keep you informed! It might be a sad ending though, with me choosing another pattern in despair.