This Swatch is Trying to Kill Me

March 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Or, Another Post with no Picture Because I Can’t Show You Yet

Amongst the many other projects I’m working on is a sweater for a commission  On the plus side, there’s no actual deadline on this one (unfortunately, practically speaking, that means it keeps getting put off, and I really need to stop that because it’s going to be big and heavy at some point and I’ll probably be pretty unhappy if that point happens mid-August) (although really, it’s beginning to seem like it’s never going to be warm again up here in the frozen North, so maybe I’ll want a lap blanket in the middle of summer), but I have a little break between deadlined projects, so I started swatching.

I used the chart I had made up when I originally swatched for the submission, and got about, oh, 30 rows in before I realized that my new swatch looked nothing like my old swatch. So I got out the old swatch and tried to figure out what was going on. I got it mostly right, but there was something that was still eluding me…and I finally realized that I’d completely changed the pattern. Punchline: I had written out, in detail, the new pattern. Right underneath the chart I’d been referring to. Sigh.

Third time was the charm, though, and now it’s looking pretty awesome. This is another one I can’t wait  to share with you, not just because the pattern is going to be gorgeous  but because the yarn is so nice to work with (coughKnitPicksCityTweedcough).

Enjoy Last Week’s Chart-onay?

August 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here, have another glass! Over at the Lion Brand blog again, some tips and tricks for working with charts (since I know you’ve spent the last week learning to read them).

Crisp, Refreshing Chart-onay

August 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

When I first started working cables and lace, I hated charts. Hated ’em. Then I learned how to read them, and discovered that they made everything so much easier, for several reasons. And the truth is, it wasn’t that hard to learn, either. I wrote all about why and how you should learn, too, over at the Lion Brand blog.

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