Knitting in the round is something new for me, so for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been tinkering around with learning it. Fortunately, along with the different books I’ve read, I have the added joy of youtube videos. Don’t laugh! If you’ve ever tried to figure out some of those knitting diagrams on your own without seeing someone do it in front of you, you’d know what I mean. It can be crazy making But, with the help of lots of various videos, I decided to brave it.
At first, I tried to do it with double pointed needles (DPN), but that made me a little insane too. Ever dropped a stitch off a needle? Times that by 4 – no, 8!, because it can fall off either side! And they always get in the way. But in my searching, I learned about the “magic loop” method. *Choir sings!* Some more tinkering. Like making “A Big Tube!”, and adapting things like yarn overs and stuff.
All of that is good and well, but I can’t go on just making tubes and circles forever. I had to have a plan! And that’s when I stumbled across The Hemlock Ring, via Jared at Brooklyntweed.It’s this big, gorgeous, feather-and-fan based pattern, adapted from a smaller doily. (It always seems to come down to doilies for me!), and looked like something I really wanted to try out.
With some spare yarn I had left over from another project, and an old circular knitting needle, I decided to try my hand. The above pic is after day one, about 20 rounds so far. Some things were weird, like how to work a yarnover at the very beginning of a round, something I’ve never had to do in straight knitting, but so far at least, it seems to be working out nicely. I’ll try to post pics of my daily progress.