The #GanseyKAL was not a complete bust, as Sarah is progressing on her third gansey and a Girl called Mogs has completed her gansey in an adult size. As for me? I am trying to work my way out of my knitting rut.
I was asked to make some woolen pants for a friend’s young son earlier this year. We ended up moving, and I wasn’t able to complete them. Fortunately, I had started a prototype of the pants in a worsted weight yarn (the pattern called for DK weight) so when we reconnected half a year later the pants still fit her growing boy. I just need to add a cuff to the leg and knit a second leg to match. I know that having this project looming over me was affecting my ability to move onto other projects. I am a monogamous knitter, after all.
The pattern is Drops 20-10. The patterns published by Drops are written assuming the knitter knows how to do things. For example, instead of saying to do a specific increase in a row of instruction (such as *K1, KFB, K1, KFB, K1*), it might say to make so many increases evenly across the row. It’s up to the knitter to select the method of increase (M1R with a symmetrical M1L, anyone?) and where to place them (some math skills are required). As I have been working my way through the Master Knitter’s Level 1 program, I’m not afraid to tackle these patterns anymore.
Because these pants were originally a prototype, it didn’t bother me much if I deviated from the pattern a little bit. I cast-on for the 6/9 month old size knowing I was using a heavier weight yarn. I chose a Size US5 needle for the ribbing at the waist. Then I made a really beginner mistake with my interchangeable needles when I got to the body. Can you guess? Yep, I only switched out one tip. It wasn’t until several inches later I realized it. The fabric didn’t look wonky, so I kept it. When I got to the leg, though, I had to make a choice and went with a set of US6 DPNs. The gauge is different, but I feel perfectly fine calling this a design feature. I mean, they do this kind of thing all the time in color work or change of stitch patterns, right? *ahem*
How do you help yourself get out of a knitting rut?