Ok, so perhaps I am not as good at knitting as I thought. Many months ago, my mom requested that I knit her a scarf. We picked out Julie Hoover’s Tissé, a beautiful herringbone pattern in lace weight yarn. I have never knit herringbone, and I have never knit with lace weight before, but I figured it couldn’t be that bad. After several months of trying, I am here to tell you: it is impossible for me. My yarn slips off my needles. I can’t for the life of me read my knitting, so I can’t tell if I’ve made a mistake until several rows down the line. And perhaps worst of all, I can’t seem to reliably fix my mistakes. I don’t know if it’s the yarn, or the stitch pattern, but every row is a gamble to see if I am going to end up with the right number of stitches at the end.
After tinking back too many times to count, frogging and starting over for the second time yesterday, I realized that I think I just need to get a little better before I knit this one. It’s a heartbreak, because the pattern is lovely, and my mom would love it. But I would lose my mind if I had to fight with this for the next several months. So. I picked out an easier pattern and hopefully my mom can have a completed scarf before next year (I’m not even exaggerating at this point).
Oceana by Janina Kallio
I chose Oceana by Jannina Kallio. It is a laceweight scarf with a decent amount of garter and a simple eyelet lace panel interspersed throughout.
I have knit a complete lace panel and am well into a garter section, and this seems immensely more achievable. I have, however, realized that I might have to do a little shopping for some stitch markers.
I am decidedly low brow when it comes to my knitting. I usually use those plastic safety pin clippy stitch markers from Clover. One time, I got a few of those lightbulb stitch markers from the dry cleaner and you would’ve thought it was Christmas morning over here:
Knitting the lace repeat for this scarf requires five or six stitch markers to keep it all straight. Do I have that many? Of course not! So, not to be deterred, I borrowed several tiny elastic hair ties from my daughters. Is it pretty? No. Does it work? So far! I would show my scarf progress, but given that it’s lace, it is just going to look like a tangle until I block it.
I would love to get some charming stitch markers so that I don’t look so down home over here. Do you have any that you love?