Daily Archives: October 1, 2015

Still Learning DPNs and Having Fun

I spent the bulk of the day yesterday working on my DPNs.  I stopped knitting the hat I showed you yesterday and decided to learn the invisible cast on technique so I could knit from the top down.

You are probably wondering why.  Good question and I have a good answer.  That white mohair, while so beautiful for its fuzziness, tends to get knitted in with the red wool.  It is so fuzzy that for nearly 10+ rows after changing to my red wool I am still trying to get it to stay out of my red stitches.  Truthfully, it is nearly impossible to do this 100% and that bothers me if it is avoidable, and it is; the solution is to knit with the white mohair last.

Okay, so that meant learning the invisible cast on.  The first thing trying to learn this new cast on taught me is that I am not very coordinated, and I don’t have a photographic memory in the least.  I watched the tutorial again and again and again.  Hmm, where have I heard those words before?  There are four needle movements for every two stitches cast on.  Finally, I had to write out a cheat sheet and I was then able to perform the steps four times to get 8 stitches cast on.  I won’t lie, it probably took me an entire hour to get this.  And then, I kept on practicing it throughout the day to get it down better.

You probably have no idea what my notes mean, but it was all I needed to get this down, sort of.

invisible cast on notes 350And, after a day and evening of knitting this is what I made for my Little Darling, Gina!

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dpn santa hat 348Here’s my Santa hat, my first DPN project!  I had the pom pom left over from last year, so I pinned it on where the one that will match this outfit will go.

For next time, I will use a rewritten pattern to make it a bit longer with a wider “fur” trim band.  I also don’t like knitting garter in the round because it involves purling in the round, which I am not comfortable doing, so I will probably knit that part flat and make a short seam for that area.  I found pics of garter stitch in the round and it looks seamed anyway.

Oh, Happy October everyone!  It really feels fall-ish here todyay, very breezy and cool with  puffy white and dark clouds moving rapidly across the sky, but it’s mostly sunny; it’s a very perfect fall day in my opinion.  And, the moon is still out at almost 10:00 am!

Thanks for reading and big thank yous for your comments.  I love reading them and commenting back.  I work by myself all day (except for my dogs, of course), so it is so nice to connect with my readers.

Bye for now!