Monday, October 31, 2016

Picot Dot Shawl - a beginning

Picot Dot supplies
Remember the kit I purchased in Denver and shared in this post? Last week, I decided to read through the pattern and start knitting. Hmmm, cast-on was delayed until I could wrap my head around the directions.

The pattern, like all others, gives directions for the stitch rows. The sections have labels: S, A, B, SR, BR. Sounds easy enough, but then the sections are repeated periodically. The pattern contained a check list of knitting rows and pattern rows. I pulled out my highlighters and went to work marking the yarn color placement and prepared a set of handy flip cards with the stitch pattern for each row: i.e. S1, S2, S3, S4, etc. The cards and checklist will keep me on track without constantly referring to the pattern itself.

It looks and sounds complicated, but it really isn't, thanks to the handy checklist. Now, that I have everything prepared and have a clear understanding of the pattern, I can begin knitting.

Do you read the entire pattern before beginning a new project?

13 comments:

  1. That shawl is going to be gorgeous!! Yes, I do read through the entire pattern prior to starting...I would be in trouble if I didn't - lol.

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  2. Good for you. YOU ARE ready! I have learned the hard way to read the whole pattern preferably before I purchase it. Sometimes one word will turn me off and poof I wont pick that pattern. That is a gorgeous shawl

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  3. Looks hard to follow to me but have confidence that you can do it.

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  4. I'm always sorry if I don't read it ahead of time. Love that yarn! Now to check out the pattern.

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  5. I read a pattern several times before starting to knit. The one you are working with seems daunting! I have, in the past, actually written out step by step instructions to myself. That seems to help me. I can't wait to see your shawl!!

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  6. I also read the pattern before beginning. When I don't, I always regret it so anymore I make sure I understand it. Your pattern sounds pretty complicated but it always sounds like you're on top of it.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. I usually do read through an entire pattern first, even with quilting and sewing. When I don't I often end up regretting it.

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  8. It is going to be beautiful.... I never read instructions through...and it gets me into lots of problems....

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  9. Ha! If the instructions are short, yep I'll read through them. If it's a sweater I'll peruse it and try to figure out the pattern stitches. That also why I have two sweaters half knit right now! That shawl will be gorgeous. I've found a pattern and must do a hunt in the yarn boxes to see if something I have on hand will work.

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  10. LOL Not always. A few times it has led to an unpleasant surprise.

    Love those yarn cakes and can't wait to see them all worked up.

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  11. I hate to admit that no I don't always and when I don't it almost always will get me into trouble.

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  12. I too often just plunge ahead and have to go back and start again. This looks like a fun shawl.

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  13. Yes I have to read it through to see if I can do it! Sometimes I make a copy and mark off where I am at until I get comfortable with a repeat pattern. I am anxious to see how this one turns out your yarn is very interesting looking! :)

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