Saturday, May 20, 2006

New Orangina

After a somewhat successful Somewhat Cowl, I decided to start an Orangina, and I can't get more than 2 inches on my needles without having to frog! The pattern is easy to memorize, but I seem to keep adding stitches. Any one else have this problem? Any suggestions? Frustration is setting in...

8 comments:

Sherri said...

I have lost count on how many times I have frogged my Orangina ... you are not alone ... I wish I could get it going sucessfully, I'd like to wear it this summer - lol

mary said...

I have had numerous problems with it but kept pushing on. I'll pass on the best advice that was given to me: use stitch markers for every repeat (9 stitches). Even though you'll shift them on the 2nd and 4th rows, they'll help you realize where you are and make mistakes easier. It helped me get through the insanity of it all, and now I am on the ribbing! Good luck!

Ashley said...

I did the same thing at first. Mary has a good idea re: markers for every repeat. I wasn't that bright, and ended up counting every repeat to make sure each one had 9 sts.

Keep on it, you'll get there!!

ColorSlut said...

I had the EXACT same problem. What I found was that if you look at the pattern - you yo and ssk (or knit to together). What you have to do is add up the stitches and end at the point where you are at zero stitches gained or lost. If this doesn't make sense - email me and I can be more specific.

BUT I TOTALLY KNOW! I did the exact same thing.

Martha said...

I have 2 tricks:
#1: Instead of counting in my head like I often do, I used letters to keep track of where I was. "A"-knit one, b- knit one c- ssk, d-k2tog, e-k1, fk1, yo, g, yo. The "Yo, G" as in gangster rap helped me remember.

The other thing that I noticed is this, if I can explain it: On the previous row, the ssk (or psso) and the k2tog make two stitches that slant towards each other.
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On alternating rows, the ssk goes across those 2 stitches, and the k2tog on the other rows go across those two. It helps me keep track of when I mess up.

I've been tinking and frogging like mad too.

Zarah said...

You are probably doing three yo's in a row instead of only two. You should be able to tell because you will always be making the next set of yo's at the same point in the pattern in the row below. If you are off, you know you need to tink back a few stitches - much easier than pulling out whole rows!

LeahJR said...

I started mine yesterday using some black Stretch from Jaeger in
my yarn stash. So you can see how frustrated I became with the pattern in black. I couldn't see the stitches forming until I got about 2 inches of rows done.

I agree with Mary, I use stitch markers to help me. You just have to remember that the lace pattern shifts over and that the markers need to be moved. It has saved me from getting super frustrated.

Silvia said...

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one! I used Mary's suggestion and put markers between every 9 stitch repeat, and it's working (I'm at about 5 inches and all is well). It's a bit of a pain to move them one stitch every other row, but far better than having to frog it. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll post another picture once I have some real progress. I love KALs. I'd never finish this otherwise....