Have you ever looked at a pattern for the first time and knew you had to knit it? That's what happened to me as soon as I saw Lake Effect by Amy Miller.
|Sweet Fiber Super Sweet Sock in Chartreuse|
The pattern was easy to follow. Knit from the bottom up, using a 3.5mm needle, I used markers in between lace repeats which helped me spot my errors easily.
When knitting the sleeves I went up a sleeve size as I always knit so much tighter when using dpns. Unfortunately my first sleeve still came out tighter than I would have liked. My friend Judy suggested I try knitting the second sleeve in the round. That triggered an idea. Instead of trying Magic Loop I decided to put the second sleeve on two circular needles....half the stitches on one circular needle and the other half on another. Then taking a third circular needle I started knitting the sleeve. Not only was I able to knit faster using this technique, but when I measured the width compared to the first sleeve, the second sleeve was turning out wider. I switched back to dpns at this point as I didn't want to have two different sized sleeves. However, this was a lightbulb moment for me as I realized that I would definitely use three circular needles for sleeves in the future as it would prevent me from having tightly knit sleeves and would speed up my knitting. So thank you Judy!
|One sleeve to go!|
I love the comparison of the photo above pre-blocking and then the photo below after blocking. Do you see how the lace just opened up? Blocking is the best part of the knitting process for me.
Now the weather just needs to cool off so I can wear it! I hope you all are having a wonderful long weekend and are getting excited about the fall knitting ahead.