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I am knitting this project as part of a class. I have been mentioning it and struggling with it for some time. I am on the verge of tearing the whole thing out and starting over, perhaps with different yarn. However, first I will share some of the things I learned.
This is kind of a nifty pattern, the cast-on is only 3 stitches, and the cast-off is only 14 at the end, because the bottom section is knitting on sideways.
The pattern says to cast-on 3 stitches, knit 6? rows, then pick up 3 stitches across the horizontal edge, and 3 more on the other end. If you use Judy's Magic Cast-On, you cast on 3 on the needle one, then 3 on needle 2. You can knit 6 rows from needle 1, then knit in the 3 stitches that were waiting for you.
Half-way through the second repeat (the pattern calls for 3), my yarn broke, near the end of the row. I joined in on the other side of the break and kept knitting. Then I changed my mind, and unknitted. In the course of un-knitting that row, I am two stitches short.
I think I hate this yarn. I think I dislike single ply yarns in general and this yarn in particular. It has a thick/thin spin that might be charming in a chunkier yarn but is totally annoying in this fine lace yarn. Imho.
I attempted to capture the difference between the thin and the thick - here the dark brown is particularly thick, and whenever there is a k2, k3, etc. Sometimes it looks like a blood clot.
I don't know if my bad mood or bad karma or whatever it is will continue. I will probably pick back rows until I have the right number of stitches. The pattern is well-written and actually is kind of nice - each section gets harder as it goes on. This yarn, though, I am not sure it is my friend.
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