So, I’m knitting along on my first-ever sweater and I come to an instruction that I’m not familiar with, so I say it aloud…
P: sorry, what?
J: s2kp – in my knitting pattern. I’m supposed to s2kp and I’m not sure what that means.
(meanwhile I’m flipping back through the instructions to find out)
P (without missing a beat): well, it’s pretty clear…
(like he’s an expert all of a sudden?)
P: it means Supposed 2 Kiss Patrick.
(clever, clever boy)
NOTE: It actually means slip next 2 sts together (knitwise – like a k2tog), k, pass slipped stitched over the one just knit. It’s a double decrease.
If it weren’t for moments like that, this sweater really could be driving me INSANE. You see, when I had a little less experience, I bought a lot of 10 balls of Rowan Cashcotton off of e-bay. Either I didn’t know, or I didn’t look carefully, but I’m not sure I really realized it was DK weight. (AND, let’s confess, I think I may have been in an e-bay-competitive-bidding-frenzy during which all I want to do is WIN the item and I don’t really care what it is).
I used ravelry’s pattern search feature extensively to try to find a sweater pattern that:
1) used DK weight yarn,
2) the user ratings said the pattern was simple enough for a rookie like me,
3) was something I actually liked, &
4) the pattern was free so that I could check it out ahead of time and see what I was actually getting myself in to.
Hence, I found the roam. So far so good, but here are some impressions so far:
-this sweater will take a LONG time for me to finish. DK weight yarn + small needles + seed stitch = VERY slow progress.
-frogging BACK to previous rows is nearly impossible for me with this stitch. I made a mistake (not shown in picture) about 4 inches into it and just couldn’t rip back the few rows that I needed to. The mistake taunts me everytime I look at the piece, but I’m trying to use it as some sort of lesson in zen. Patrick suggested I cover it with a vintage button, but that might look odd as it’ll end up right on my butt.
Progress is in fact so slow, that I’ve decided I need to knit a “faster” sweater at the same time. Yarn is currently being shipped from Flair.