View Full Version : is it hard for other people? knitting, i mean

02-18-2006, 04:47 PM
im trying to do this pattern

a "very easy" pattern and i keep screwing up. i forget to click on my row counter, or i space out and purl when i was supposed to knit. ive tried about six different times to make a scarf, and im just so frustrated with myself! i dont have much quiet time, so when i do i want to mazimize my knititng experience (toddler home full time) when seth isnt bounding aorund like tigger a mile a minute, and i just cant seem to get this one right. ive spent hours on it.

this one is supposed to be easy! i feel like such a moron. :(

02-18-2006, 05:00 PM
I know how you feel!

I do the same things, and always end up frogging everything.

But it just takes practice I guess, we'll get it!

02-18-2006, 05:16 PM
You haven't chosen a simple pattern to do. It is "easy" because it's only combinations of knit and purl stitches, but having to switch back and forth gets confusing. I've been knitting for a long time now, and I just did a project that I had to rip out three times because it was a combination of K/P on each row. Don't feel bad over this!

One trick is to print out your pattern and use a sticky note under the row you're on to mark your place. If I have to count rows, I will make check marks for each row finished. It helps a lot.

Good luck! :thumbsup:

02-18-2006, 05:45 PM
Isn't doing anything with a toddler under foot a challenge?

Eventually you may be able to "see" the pattern unfold and won't have to keep track of rows.
Maybe during nap time.

02-18-2006, 06:17 PM
Oh gosh, I totally know what you mean. I have two young children and my knitting time is very limited. Knitting is hard for me. Not everything, and it's getting easier, but I still have to really concentrate and work at it and things don't tend to come out how I'd like them to.

02-18-2006, 07:05 PM
As Sara said, it is an 'easy' pattern because you only have to know how to knit and purl.

Have something with a simple, repetative stitch going when the kids are up, and bring the piece that needs closer watch out when they're sleeping. As you get further along in it and you can easily see the pattern, you might be able to do it without looking at the pattern all the time because you'll be able to tell what comes next and what doesn't 'look right.'

02-18-2006, 07:49 PM
I completely know how you feel. I have two preschoolers home, most of the time, with one of them in preschool three afternoons. Then I take care of a toddler. So, quiet time is few and far between. I found myself making a lot of mistakes in the beginning of making the Irish Hiking Scarf.

I finally began to write down each row on paper 1, 2, 3, etc. until I finished the eighth row and then started again, it was an eight row pattern. I found this a lot easier to do then do the row counter. When you get to working the pattern for a while, it will begin to sink in and you won't have to work so hard at remembering what to do when.

I totally understand though. Sometimes it is hard and easy to forget where you are in a pattern. I think that keeping one of those really small notebooks handy and a pen worked much easier for me than a row counter.

02-18-2006, 08:40 PM
Isn't doing anything with a toddler under foot a challenge?

What she said. Give yourself permission to mess up too. A lot. Try a pattern with less changes and remember to B-R-E-A-t-H -E .....

02-19-2006, 01:23 AM
Oh, how funny!!! I am working with this SAME PATTERN. It's a hand towel for my mom though.

I'm doing OK with it (I have a toddler too), but only because I only work on it during nap times or in the evenings.

I wrote down the pattern, and I have been very fortunate that I always end up leaving off someplace that's easily remembered, like after row 3 or when I'm done with the pattern repeat.

It's a really cool looking pattern. Oh sure... mine has a few "personalized touches" as well! That individual flair means it will be worth millions someday, right? :)

I am still getting the hang of following a pattern... I have a hard time with it. I have to type it up, line by line, print it out, and check off each line. I don't know how anyone does it any other way... I guess once you've been knitting longer, there's more of a zen with the object and you can tell at a glance where you're at, maybe?

02-19-2006, 05:05 AM
I know what you mean as I have 2 young children - both chatterboxes, and my DH is kinda loud too, very distracting.

To keep my place when knitting I either Photocopy the original so I can highlight and write all over it or carry the original around in a plastic sleeve and mark it in pencil when I want to keep track of where I am. I also use large post-its's when counting out rows where I have to increase or decrease.

I'm a great believer in row counters too, both as an aid to remember where I'm up to and as a way to stop the yarn sliding off the needle.

Because I am tired alot of the time and don't trust my powers of concentration I usually pick simpler patterns and use novelty or pretty self striping or multi-coloured yarns so that they look fancier. :XX:

02-19-2006, 10:03 AM
The first complicated knit-and-purl pattern I worked had a chart with it, instead of just the written explanation. I knit it while I was working a night shift at the hospital and had frequent interruptions, but when I came back to it I could always compare my piece to the chart to see where I was.

Perhaps it would help if you drew out a chart of the pattern on graph paper with different symbols for knits and purls (you knit the "knit" symbols on the RS and purl them on the WS and vice versa).

02-19-2006, 11:22 AM
said toddler is in my lap right now.

after he went to bed, i knitted up 24 lines of the scarf no problem and then sorted how to use circular needles. YAY!

thank all of you for the words of encouragement. this place is lovely. :heart:

02-19-2006, 08:02 PM
oh yeah I have two at home my boy is 5 and my little fireball girl is 2... I can only do things that don't require my attention or me counting while they are up... when they take naps or go to bed is when I knit things like that... :lol:

02-20-2006, 08:52 PM
I hate the desciptions of what is easy and intermediate

I guage ease by if I could knit it at the theater (in the dark)
if I need light to SEE the pattern in the fabric
if I need to count and make different color changes, or a lot of shaping

some things (like the Doll I made) areboth easy and Moderate

I like to have a Bunch of patterns to see how I COULD do things

but I cooklike that too


02-21-2006, 12:22 AM

im like you in that i prefer to read a lot of recipies and then make it up as i go along. i prefer not following strictly. i think ill end up like that in knitting, too. im already doing it with my first hat. i sort of read a bunch of patterns to figure out how many to cast on and about when i should start togging and now im in the middle of a great soft soft hat. perfect yarn that i picked just because it was so so soft. (acrylic and nylon but feels like a baby bunny)

i still need to finish that one "little pyramids" scarf, though. if only because i think that it would be a lovely gift for one of my MIL's (yes i have two! one a stepMIL, but no mom of my own, so im loving it)