|Started: September 15 ; Completed: October 4|
It's based on Sho-sho, which can be downloaded for free on Ravelry. Thanks to this lovely pattern, I managed to conquer:
- My fear of the stockinette stitch
- My fear of joining in the round
- My fear of picking up stitches
- My fear of knitting (knooking) in general
I've also learned:
- A no-seam shrug construction. I changed construction up a bit to avoid having to graft seams. Instead of knitting a rectangle, seaming the sides and picking up for the ribbing, I started in the middle of the back portion, worked flat for a bit, joined in the round at the sleeve, cast off at the cuff, then pulled out the provisional cast on to work the other side in the same way. There are other construction sequences that would have allowed me to avoid seams but I wanted to work the right and left sleeves the exact same way to ensure mystitches came out even
- Loose knits may be more susceptible to gravity. I intended for the shrug to have three-quarter sleeves but they've stretched to a full arm's length.
- Ribbed shawl collars seem to demand extremely stretchy bind-offs and Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bindoff was what did the trick for me.
but have yet to master:
- Knooking jogless garter stripes in the round
- Maintaining tension when joining in the round.