Old Reliable - Knitted Cross Stitch Scarf 07-03-20 02

Back To Old Reliable – Again

One of the nice things about being frustrated with a knitting or crochet project is I can always return to an old reliable project. A knitter’s version of “time out” for a bad project.

Keep An Old Reliable Project On Hand

Warning: The Little Hearts tutorial may cause frustration!

I have ripped out the latest Little Hearts Wrap three times now. The sad part is that I know what I’m doing wrong. Even sadder is that I don’t know how to find my mistake and fix it.

Little Hearts Wrap 07-03-20 01

If you watched the short video tutorial for this stitch, you might be scratching your head.  It’s a very simple stitch. The pattern stitch is hardly more complex than garter stitch. But then again, I admit to finding it difficult to fix dropped stitches when I’m doing garter stitch. That’s a different story.

There are a few basic problems I’m having:

  1. First of all, I’m working on 340 stitches (lengthwise rectangular wrap).
  2. My hand muscles don’t have this stitch “memorized” completely yet.
  3. I’m working on the project whilst doing other things that require some attention.

The stitch pattern is done over an even number of stitches. When I’m executing the part where I cross the two elongated stitches by knitting into the second stitch (through the first stitch), I sometimes forget to knit the first elongated loop.  In essence, I’m decreasing one stitch.

Unfortunately, I don’t realize I’ve made this mistake until the end of the second row after the mistake is made.


I really love how this stitch pattern looks. And I love the color of this yarn and how it’s working up as a bright, Spring-time wrap. I will eventually go back to it.

But for now, it’s back to the old reliable Knitted Cross Stitch Scarf.

Current Knitting

So until Little Hearts is out of time-out, I am back to finishing my latest Knitted Cross Stitch Scarf.

Knitted Cross Stitch Scarf 07-03-20 01

I’m still loving how well the Ball and Skein yarn is blending with the Cascade Heritage Paint yarn. I only have one more repeat of the cross-over stitch row to complete, so this scarf is almost finished.

So satisfying.

5 comments on “Back To Old Reliable – Again

  1. Thank You for this blog. I tend to lurk and have learned a lot from you over the months. You said you know what you are doing wrong. Would placing stitch markers every so often (20, 50 stitches) help at all or just get in the way?

  2. Hi Joe,
    I watch you from beautiful Australia.
    The yarn you are using for this project, is it a sock yarn? I love the colours!
    Keep safe and well,

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