30 October 2019

More progress

I'm afraid that not much tatting is getting done at the moment. I'm 'hooked' on knitting since I got home from America.

As you can see I'm now on my second front so just hope it fits in the end.

I LOVE the bamboo knitting needles Joanie gave me. They're really easy on the hands. You can see the pocket that I'm making on this. It's gone a bit 'curly' at the top so I will probably put a few rows of ribbing on it when I've finished. It doesn't say to on the pattern and, in fact, doesn't give any instructions for finishing the pockets. 

What I love about this old fashioned pattern is that it gives you the stitch count at each stage which a lot of patterns I've worked in the past don't.


Maureen said...

It's a lovely colour, it will go with everything. I rarely use straight needles anymore, circulars are so much easier on the hands, aren't they? I agree with you about the classic old patterns being the best.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I also love my circular bamboo needles! My mom almost always put a little pocket in our sweaters so that we'd have a place to put our "mad" money!

Bev said...

Will you continue to use the continental method of knitting, Jane, or go back to the English style? I don’t do enough knitting to learn a new method.

Jane Eborall said...

Oh, Bev, I’d never go back to the English way. I find continental so much easier on the hands.
I’ll not go back to metal needles either, Diane!!!
Thanks, Maureen. I wanted something to go with everything and so it had to be grey!!!

Anonymous said...

It looks wonderful!

God's Kid said...

I am not a knitter, but it looks great to me! :)

Tim Kaylor said...

I guess I will be the odd man out here, no pun intended. I knit English. I have tried and tried to do Continental. For some reason, to me, it is just too cumbersome. I cannot get it and I HAVE watched every YouTube video on it I can find. It just does not "feel" right to me. I guess I am old fashioned, Can't teach an old dog new tricks,or something like that.

linb54 said...

I'm an English style knitter too Tim. I'm a lefty that knits right-handed too. I know crazy. Lol

Madtatter80 said...

It's beautiful is that a pocket? If so I am impressed 😀

Jane Eborall said...

It took me some searching to find the ‘right’ way of knitting continental for me, Tim. I’m a lot older than you and I managed it with that right video and it’s now natural for me to knit this way - makes more sense too if you’re can crochet too.
That’s strange, linb54!! You’re a very talented lass!
Two pockets, Madtatter80!! There are no instructions for finishing them off on this pattern so I’m going to have to ‘wing it’!!!

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Looks great! I love the bamboo needles, too! And the pocket is perfect! But I'm very surprised they don't give instructions for the finishing of it!

As you may know, I have been singing the praises of continental knitting since the early '60s when I discovered it somewhat on my own, watching an old 1940s movie. I tried getting my knitting group in the late 1980s to learn how, but most refused to try! I was so frustrated about it.
Then when craft shows were on TV (before the internet) they would occasionally 'explain' the continental method. Then within 5 years, Continental was the preferred method! So at least I've seen it finally get recognized (even though it's been used for centuries!) . As you said, it makes so much sense, especially if you can crochet! I used to think knitting was somehow woven in, when I did it English style. Then I finally realized it's just pulling a loop through a loop, like crochet!

Jane Eborall said...

Another couple of tricks I’ve learnt, Kathy, is to use a crochet hook to cast on and cast off at the end of the piece. As for the pocket I think I’ll do a crochet heading for that too.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

So glad you've learned those tricks. Crocheting and knitting go hand-in-hand. I always bind off using a crochet hook plus I also bind off (with the crochet hook) the live stitches 'together' from the needles on shoulder seams. And I crochet the side seams with a chain stitch, as well as down the sleeves. When I've entered sweaters in Fairs and won ribbons, no judge has ever criticized me for it. I don't think they even noticed it!

I had difficulty convincing the knitting group to learn how to crochet. It's funny that some crocheters don't want to learn to knit and knitters don't want to learn to crochet!

Jane Eborall said...

Kathy - more and more I'm using needles and hooks together. They are related as you say!!!

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