I’m currently plodding on with my grey CDA Petite Choses Cardigan. This is being knit in grey rowan alpaca cotton which is a nice fluffy yarn but it’s a pig to pull out as it catches. I should try to make fewer mistakes I guess.
This is a free pattern and can be found here, it is in French but there in a link to an English translation.
I have mentioned before that I consider myself to be a beginner when it comes to knitting, I guess I could say I was now an intermediate knitter considering the range of things I have taught myself to do but… I always feel like a bit of a fraud. You see knitting on long straight needles is a breeze for me, but using circular needles and double pointed needles has proven difficult as I am a ‘tuck your right hand needle under the armpit’ knitter. This is how my Mam knitted and my Nanna before her and how I was taught as a kid. It transpires it may be a bit of a northern thing or at least I have read that certain regions of the country tend to have pockets of us armpit lot. This is a fine way of knitting and I am fast knitting this way, but you can’t tuck a floppy circular needle under your armpit, and tiny DPN’s tucked under there make me look like a demented T Rex (yes I tried).
I decided that I would have to re-learn how to knit and how to hold my needles and yarn and I am quite proud to announce that I have nailed it. It took about a week of persevering but I have cracked it. There are lots of various methods of how to hold needles but I looked at them all and found a way that feels natural to me and this is it.
Holding the needles like a pen and flicking the yarn over with the index finger of my right hand.
Flicking the yarn over
This cardigan was knit quite quickly on long needles up to the point where all parts had to be added to a big circular needle. It’s a bit slow going from there as I am using this cardigan as my practice to learn a new method of knitting.
I have been interchanging between the two methods of knitting and I find I am able to do both now without much trouble, there is a 3-5 second delay every time I pick up my circular needles as my brain puts my hand into the best position and the first couple of stitches are a bit pathetic but I soon get into it. Fingers crossed I will have a completed cardigan to share with you soon.
I have already got my next project lined up and am itching to get started with it, on circular needles of course.