Hello. I think about knitting more often than I find the time to do it. I started out as a crocheter but enjoy the varying stich methods to hold my interest. However, sometimes I hate knitting and here is why. I think and think and think about knitting. I get all excited about finding a new project. I go to the store and could literally gaze and the mounds of yarn skiens for hours and look through pattern books until I find a lovely project that I 'think' is simple enough for me to accomplish. I bring the new goods home and it could be days before I actually sit down to begin. After refresher courses on stiches via this website I am ready to knit. Then, I cast on and do a line or two of knitting, contemplate why it doesn't look like the photo in my book, rip it out, do it over, rip it out, do it over and give up. I go to bed wondering what my problem is. Maybe I am knitting-challenged? Please help.
I am doing a Morning Frost Wrap here is the pattern that has a Vine Lace Pattern as follows:
Cast on 67 sts
Row 1(wrong side): Purl (still don't know which is the wrong side)
Row 2: K3,*yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from *across, k1
You just repeat this until this measures 27"
I can't even get two inches along let alone 27!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are no increases, decreases, etc. However, once I complete Row 2 (always having a few extra stiches at the end) I am not sure what to do when purling. For instance, when there is a yarn over ... there is an extra stich...do I purl that on the next row? Maybe I am doing the yo wrong? It seems there is a loop on my needle it is not a stitch. Anyway, when I am done with Row 2 and go to knit row 3 it is all screwed up. Any guess at what I am doing wrong? I am using the Continental Method.
If you have read through my post, thank you. I know it's long and filled with frustration. I dream of knitting beautiful projects but can seem to get the simple ones down. Thanks for your help.