Monday, June 26, 2006

Feeling discouraged

I discovered on Saturday, on row 14 of my first go through the lace pattern, that a stitch is missing somewhere. I put the tank aside in discouragement and am not sure whether to frog it completely or laboriously knit backwards to find the missing stitch. I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention. Also, the smaller needle I own is an addi turbo, and I found it a bit slippery with the hemp yarn. Should I buy another bamboo needle? Decision, decisions.

7 comments:

Batty said...

I'm knitting mine with bamboo needles because addis are way too slippery for me when it comes to lace. Aluminum is about as slippery as I'm willing to go when there's a danger of dropped stitches.

Sorry you're missing a stitch, I hope you find the problem soon!

Kel said...

Sorry about the stitch! This was my first time knitting lace, and there were a few times when I ended a round with one less stitch. (I think they were mising yarn-overs). I just picked up an extra one, and only frogged back if I could locate the exact mistake. Although I am working on a looser gauge than you probably are, none of these little mistakes show up. Good luck!

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

As Kel said, the missing stitch is most likely a dropped or forgotten yarn-over. What helped me was to have stitch markers every 20 sts. I initially put them in there cause I didn't want to keep counting back 230 sts if I lost count when I first cast on. Good luck w/fixing your problem.

Sorry, can't help on the needle type as I actually prefer knitting cotton and also the bamboo on aluminum rather due to their lack of give.

Chicago Jen said...

I put coil-less pins on my needle every 50 sts. That way I only had to back up 50 sts at most when I messed up. And let me tell you, I messed up pretty often. :) Don't worry, you'll find the spot and back it up.

Tenli said...

Thank you all so much for the suggestions and support, all of which give me renewed enthusiasm for this project. Unfortunately, I am at work (a no knitting environment) but am now looking ahead to the end of the day when I can take up the needles again.

Rev. Linda said...

I use markers every 50 stitches as well. It really helps me keep up with the YO which is where I always seem to look up at the TV or something!

Batty said...

I'm using markers every 20 stitches, but I'm having the same problem: I'm at the end of round 8 of the first repeat, and I'm 1 stitch short. When lunch rolls around, I'll try to find the mistake. Hope I won't have to backtrack through the entire 200 stitches...