Today I’ve spent the day teetering on the edge of the precipice of Round 6 of Sock Madness. Which gave me an opportunity to knock out what remained of my between rounds novelty. After the hand wrenching bobbles of Eisregen, I took a few days off, and when I was ready to knit again it had to be with larger needles, and ideally something I could finish by the end of the round.
I happened to be surfing about on Pinterest, and came across TPHPE (The Prettiest Hot Pad Ever, of course), by Heather Zoppetti, and nearly immediately cast it on. I thought, what a great chance to build confidence in my double knitting! Wrong. I must have torn that out 6 times. On the 7th try I did attempt learning to fix mistakes in double knitting. It did not end well.
Then, I was chilling out reading Reddit (I do non-internet related things, I swear). And someone on r/knitting posted up their first double knitting project, and shared the chart. I thought, if they can do it, I can do it. I buckled down, and tried again, with Fishie Dishie by Susan U. For whatever reason, that chart did make a lot more sense to me. I think perhaps because it wasn’t symmetrical and it had longer sections of the same colour it was easier to keep track of what I was doing? Or maybe my failed attempts were adding up and I was finally gaining some skill?
So, I had something to keep me busy. Of course, as I neared the end of the Koi, I realized there wasn’t a lot of orange yarn left. I was dreading writing a post about an incomplete fish. Thankfully, there was just enough to complete the fish chart, and one more row, plus a no yarn bind off. Hooray! I finished a double knitting project! Mostly!
I must say, while I think I now have the general motion/action of double knitting down, I find the charts incredibly difficult to count/keep track of, and found that improved immensely when I added some stitch markers at regular intervals. I’m looking forward to the day when I can easily churn out the things I know are possible with the power of double knitting!