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Complicated patterns are fun. No doubt about that. I love working on an item and seeing something beautiful and timeless (i.e. time consuming ) unfold. For a while there all I wanted to knit was cables, lace, and bumpy textures. After two lacy sweaters and a pair of complicated socks, though, I’ve once again come to enjoy what I call “mindless knitting”: projects that require little thought.
The socks I’m working on right now are just that. I was able to knit about one third of them while watching The Fellowship of the Ring. I hardly had to look at my hands at all, I didn’t have to squint over a pattern chart, and I didn’t discover any mistakes when the movie finished! It was glorious. Easy projects are rewarding in their own special way.
Pattern: Sock pattern from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns, plus Priscilla’s Dream Socks pattern for the short-row heel and toe
Yarn: Louet Gems – fingering weight – Baby Neptune
While I was browsing through the Ravelry pattern finder a couple weeks ago, I came across this beautiful sock pattern by Eunny Jang. It looked pretty time consuming with all the cables, but I liked it so well I decided to cast on anyway. :) Things went just fine through the ribbed cast on edge, but then I hit the cabling. I like following charts to some extent – but wow – these were intensive charts. I also like complicated patterns, but only if they’re memorizeable. This wasn’t. It’s 4 charts (14 rows each before it repeats) of different directions. After it took me about 4 hours to get through the first repeat, I decided that no matter how beautiful it was, the pattern wasn’t for me. I don’t have that much patience.
So, then I was faced with the question of what to do with the intricate, 4″ ring of cabling I had completed. Frog it? Nope. After spending hours pouring over the cabling charts, that was not a fun prospect. Then it came to me: turn it into a glove. Genious!
I pulled out The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and figured that I’d need to make a man’s size glove. Because the cabled “wristband” was really meant to be the top edge of a sock, it would be swimming on my hand if I made it for myself. Bummer, but I still didn’t have to take it all out!
I’m on the second glove now and am right up to the start of the cabling. I’m still waiting for the strength to start.
Pattern: Wristband – Bayerische by Eunny Jang
Glove – Glove pattern in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns
Yarn: Regia Silk
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