The Knitting Jitters

There has been lots of knitting going on but I’ve also had a major bout of startitis. I’d decide this is THE perfect next project, cast on, knit two rows, put it aside, oh wait, this is the one, cast on, put aside, again and again. Am I the only one with the knitting jitters? Are you solid on your knitting? How do you do that?

My second Build a Bigger V sides have been attached and my sleeves are sewn up. I found out, to my surprise, I like garter stitch seaming, it’s rhythmic and somehow satisfying.

I decided on 3/4 sleeves for a summer sweater. Not as much knitting which might have been the clincher. Next a very shallow neckband and then, dive into the button jar.


But now I’m thinking I need a break from designing so I’m going to knit someone else’s design. I’m leaning towards Nurture by Andrea Mowry for my daughter. I have some dark green wool she would like.

Short and sweet, don’t you think? Has anyone knit this?

And because it’s always good to have a garter stitch project on hand, and I’m sure that I can convert the All You Need scarf by Heidi Kirrmaier into a baby blanket/wrap for the little guy coming in the summer, I’m winding wool today. Whoo, commitment. I have those colours, it’s modular, my favorite, and I’ve been looking at the pattern for months and months. It’s time!

Or maybe … oh, no, STOP ME.

How are you doing? How is your knitting going?

I hope you and yours are all well,


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Author: debgemmellmods

I'm a Knitter. The capital K means every day, everywhere. I'm co-owner of Cabin Fever with my sister Lyn. We have published over 100 patterns and 11 books. I'm also working on a new set of patterns for Any Gauge knitting. Dive into your stash and cast on for a Top Down sweater that fits, or an accessory to use up those odd balls of yarn.

15 thoughts on “The Knitting Jitters”

  1. Hi Deb. I purchased a pattern but have not received as there was a problem with my ravelry account. I had to register for a new one


  2. I’m knitting ugly yarn that only I seem not to like. I have several unfinished projects that in total need only 3 or 4 hours to finish. Robert is struggling with his alpaca merino acrylic sweater. His 90 year old brain is stuttering on his complex pattern. The yarn is bulky so once he gets his mojo back he should be fine. My best to you. I have a ? About the new sweater where do you measure your neck size. Having lots of brain farts these days. My best to you and your families Sharon

    On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:31 AM Deb Gemmell: Top Down, Gauge Free and more wrote:

    > debgemmellmods posted: ” There has been lots of knitting going on but I’ve > also had a major bout of startitis. I’d decide this is THE perfect next > project, cast on, knit two rows, put it aside, oh wait, this is the one, > cast on, put aside, again and again. Am I the only one with” >


    1. All the best to you guys too. Measure across the back of neck opening on a sweater or two. Usually between 6″ to 7″ wide. You will be working a shallow 3/4″ neck band around the neck opening at the end.


  3. Hi Deb,
    My DIL asked for a sweater – that is always a bonus. I am about half way through that – which is alway the point when I start to think ‘What’s next?’ I’m thinking of unravelling a half done chunky weight sweater for me to make a Comfort Shawl. Great pattern. 63 sts. K3,P3 to last three sts then K3. How easy is that?

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  4. Deb I always like reading your posts! I am having trouble concentrating on one project for sure! I do a little here and there only. Can’t seem to go back to UFO’S! Is there going yo be an end…?

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    1. Getting back to UFO’s is hard. I’m always better if I intend to unravel them but that’s not for everyone.


  5. I totally understand your dilemma, Deb! SO MUCH KNITTING. I doesn’t help that all of the designers are being so very generous with pattern giveaways and wonderful ideas, like yours, lol. I have a severe case of FOMO. This free design has really provided me an outlet, and it is so aptly named:
    Every piece of scrap yarn that I add to this project brings back a memory in time and makes me smile.

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    1. It’s like the crazy quilts my grandmother made. You could see fabric from every garment she made us. Holding yarns together is a great idea. The combinations are infinite. Thanks for a great idea. I bet your blanket is beautiful.


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