Getting To Know You - Silvatica 08-08-22 01

Getting To Know You – A New Pattern

Fortunately I’m an extrovert. So a new pattern, a new designer, new yarns are all interesting to me. Like people, a pattern requires “getting to know you.”

Important Aspects of Getting To Know You

First off, this design surprised me. For instance, can you guess how wide this scarf is?

I know what a shitty estimator I am when it comes to dimensions. But I thought this beauty was about 20-24 inches wide.

It’s only 11 inches wide.

I was also surprised at the errors I found in the pattern. The initial two rows of the pattern has a typo in it. And I either don’t understand the charting, or else I think they screwed up the way they carry the yarn to make sure it’s in the correct position to pick it up when you need it. Hard to describe, and I honestly my have misread an aspect of it, but I’m having to work some of it as I go along.

Lucky for this new beauty, that I adapt easily.

As an impatient and sometimes lazy knitter, I also need to figure out ways I can make the knitting of this project more efficient for myself…the corners I can cut and those I can’t.

For instance…this is a form of intarsia knitting. I can often let my yarn-ends get wound around each other and unwind them after they get into a tangled mess. With this project using mohair, it requires untangling almost every time two colors twist around each other. When mohair twists, its hairiness grabs onto other yarns and will quickly become a tangled mess. And it’s a little bit difficult with two colors in a row. Three colors increases the difficulty level exponentially.

Turning my work in the opposite direction. To prevent yarns from twisting, I’m also learning to turn my work in a counterclockwise direction (the opposite of what I usually do).

Remembering to do the selvedge edge. This fabric has an odd selvedge edge and requires special handling of the first and last stitches in a row. Eventually, my hands will do it automatically. But not yet

Finally, keeping track of where I am and keeping track of the many charts requires using Knit Companion. And preferably on my iPad. Which also requires that I recharge my iPad much more frequently.

Current Knitting

As you might guess, the yarn for the Silvatica Stole arrived this weekend, and I started work on it.

I’ve only gotten about 50 rows of knitting completed. I think my alternate colors will work well for this gorgeous design. I’ll let you ruminate on what you think the other two colors are before I display them for the World to see.

Silvatica Stole, it’s nice to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you much better in the next few weeks.

5 comments on “Getting To Know You – A New Pattern

  1. When I saw the picture you posted before I was like “oh nooo, not for me! That looks complicated.” Lol. Guess I was right. I’m sure you’ll figure it out. It does seem very odd that it’s half as wide as you thought. I’m sure there are people commenting in Ravelry, maybe they have already figured it out.

    1. Not until your comment! But I will try it to see if I can do it more efficiently that way. Knitting back backwards for 70 stitches might be too much of a pain unless I can get into a groove with it.

      I’ll let you know.

  2. I was just about to say why bother? And then I saw the pattern. I get it. I totally get it. It’s just too good! I have a couple like that hidden away. They’re soooo bloody complicated. But soooo worth it.

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