Following a pattern exactly is comforting. But can you do it? Right to the end – no deviations?
Following exactly gives you a very good chance of success after many hours of knitting. You know what it’s going to look like from the beginning. Learning something new can make it exciting. Admiring clever construction is fun. But can you do it?
Do you step away from the pattern? If you don’t make modifications do you wish you could? What’s stopping you?
I seem unable to stay the course to the end. “What if I just …” runs through my head constantly. And I mean CONSTANTLY!
I am knitting Climb Every Mountain by Heidi Kirrmaier. I really like how she writes her patterns and this one was up to her usual standard. I started out fine. It’s an oversized, poncho style, Top Down pullover in DK weight yarn. I thought my daughter would like it.
I worked it a size smaller since I thought it would fit my daughter better. I worked to script to the Great Divide where I did the cuffs for the sleeves. This was great. No sleeves to knit. I loved this part.
Then I started thinking.
I had quite a lot of knitting left and the interesting part was done. This is always a most dangerous place. I was taking a good look at the schematic and thinking about the recipient of this sweater and … made some changes.
Longer and wider seemed to make sense for the person I was knitting for. I’ll tell you why in a minute.I just finished steaming it with my leaky steamer and am pretty happy with the result. It’s 6.5″ longer for a tunic length. To make it wider I didn’t work the decreases on every Round 7 which added 4 sts to the width.She likes it and there is room for a baby bump under there.Thanks for reading, Deb
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