Tango with Gemma

It’s like dancing.  Two steps forward, one step back.  Knit three rows, frog two back.  It took me two hours to knit this much of Gemma yesterday.  It’s only a 96 stitch row.

I’m not the world’s most expert lace knitter.  Even though I’m now reasonably familiar with lace stitches, this was tough going.  I find it hard to keep track of all those yarn overs and K2togs until I have a repeat of some kind memorised in my head (or I can see the pattern developing and work out what I’m supposed to do next).  Trying to make sense of what I was doing here took me three tries.  My eyes were so tired I could barely see straight after that.

Here’s the detail:

So purty!  Definitely worth it.

Then I had to do short rows to shape the back of the neck.  I got through that fine, so I thought, except that I then noticed the shaping wasn’t quite symmetrical with the middle point of the collar.  If I left it like that, the cardigan would be misshapen.  Sigh.  Rip. Rip. Rip.

So a total of nearly three hours of knitting left me with… the above.  Perhaps this wasn’t the best knit to select for a time-pressured project!

Never mind.  I knitted the short rows again, and this time the section came out right.  From what I can see of the rest of the pattern, it’s fairly straight forward after that, and now I’m up to the final increase row before I divide for the sleeves.  Hopefully, if I can ignore the sock, I’ll finish Gemma in good time!

I finished the first sleeve of the baby cardi today.  One more sleeve, and it’s done!

Just eight weeks to go! One more adult pullover, two kids’ cardigans, one baby pullover, two pairs of socks, and a hat left to do.  Better shuffle off and do more knitting.

11 thoughts on “Tango with Gemma

  1. Gemma does look quite complicated from up close indeed… but already promising
    And ‘only this much in two hours knitting’ ? I’d say that is already way faster than my knitting… How can you knit so fast ? ( do you use the continental knitting method ? )
    Good luck with your scheme !

    1. I knit English style (throw). You know, when I started blogging, I forced myself to knit faster because it just felt like there was nothing to show otherwise! So I can thank my lovely readers for pushing me. 🙂

  2. Oh, I know what you mean! I love lace patterns but avoid them like the plague because I worry so much that I’ll get into a tangled mess and ripping will be what I do more than knitting. BUT after you’ve mastered it, I can imagine the huge feeling of accomplishment and now you’re onto the easy bit, right? It really is so pretty and I love the color. Keep on keepin’ on, friend. xo

    1. It was seriously tempting. But then I remembered my first lace effort on a sweater, and how I’m so not proud of wearing it because of the errors…

  3. I know how you feel. I’m knitting a lace shawl. Tiffany Triangle Shawl. Last night I knitted 6 rows then unpicked 4! gave up as going cross-eyed. Had abit of a eureka moment in the night may be if I used markers I might get somewhere!

  4. Oh, lord, I know exactly what you mean. This easy-peasy Valentine Scarf I’m knitting stymied me completely. I set it aside for a couple of days and when I picked it up – voilà ! ! !
    it’s moving along easily.
    Keep on knittin’

  5. I think knitting lace stitches is a great reason to go with a patter that is made in pieces rather than in the round. If you stuff it up at any point, you’ve got less to unravel and redo. At my inexperienced stage I’ll only consider patterns with a lace panel rather than all over…

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