Thursday, April 26, 2007

Grrr!!!

I'm up to the start of the Diamond Rib around the hem of Sahara. I've been here for nearly 2 weeks now!! I've frogged the first row of the rib pattern at least 3 times and the short row shirt tail shaping twice. I can't seem to get the right number of stitches and wraps at the end of the first row of the rib. Then I rip out and muck up the pick ups of the wrapped stitches so have to rip back to the start of them. At least this last time I was able to only rip back to the start of the back shaping. I guess I'm learning lots about the anatomy of short row wrapped stitches anyway. So here's hoping I get it right this time round.

Karen

6 comments:

Amy H. said...

Oh, I hope it goes better from here! I'll tell you that when I started the hem ribbing I kept screwing up my stitch count (due to not paying attention) but it was easy to fudge back into the correct number in the first couple of rounds. The diamond rib pattern is very forgiving in my experience so far. However, it *really* hurt my hands and was downright difficult when it came to the "k3togtbl" rounds. Ouch! I had to tape my fingertips to make it through. Still have the sleeves & neckline to do...

Yarn It said...

Short rows are great to learn but if they are giving you that much trouble, you may just want to think about omitting them. That would just leave you with a regular hem rather than the shirt tail hem and I think that would look just as pretty. The Diamond Ribs are tough to get through. Beautiful affect but not much fun to execute. Good luck!

Jenny said...

Well, I feel a little better. I thought I was the only one having a hard time with it! It took me at least a week to get through it. And do yourself a favor- do a sewn bind off instead of the regular bind off. I had to un-do my 1st try and do the sewn one. NOT fun!

Kozy Kitty said...

I am ready to do the short row shaping as well. I've done other things with short rows and I had problems with knitting the wrap in with the stitch. I ended up just leaving the wrap in place and just knitting the stitch itself. It wasn't that noticeable--just a small horizontal line like a lot of shaping stitches. I don't think anyone would notice the wrapped stitches.

Kozy Kitty said...

I just completed my short rows and I was able to knit in the wraps. It looks great. I suggest viewing the video at www.knittinghelp.com. It is the best explanation of knitting in wraps on short rows. The first time I tried the technique I did it incorrectly, but this little video shows it perfectly and it works like a charm!

Karen said...

Thanks everyone for your voices of support. The short rows haven't been difficult just the jump into the start of the rib pattern. I think it's all those yarn overs.

Kozy Kitty, I've found the easiest way to knit the wraps with the stitch is to pick the wrap up and put it on the left needle with the stitch loop and knit them both together (rather like a k2tog). One thing I figured out with all this ripping back and re-knitting!