I have finally arrived at a place in my knitting where it is O.K. to make mistakes and it is definitely O.K. to frog those mistakes without feeling like the time invested was a failure. The hat mentioned in the previous post, would have remained too big for any human to wear and therefore would never have been used. Knitting friends are an invaluable resource. Thanks to Terri for saying that worsted weight isn’t that much smaller than chunky weight and that this hat pattern has a lot of stretch, helped me to realize that I didn’t need all of those increases and I would probably be all right just following the pattern. It worked! Sometimes these are things I know, but it just helps having someone else say it. This face cloth would have fit into the “after all it’s just a face cloth” category.
The yarn in this face cloth is Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille. I certainly know how to do garter stitch. I have been knitting long enough that my tension is fairly consistant. So what happened? This is when Ravelry is an excellent resource! I went on Ravelry and searched the projects made with this yarn. This is where I learned from several people that this yarn needs to be knit with a smaller needle size than the one recommended on the yarn label. Simple enough, so let’s try this again.
Much better. A little blocking and it will be good to go. The needle size listed on the label is a size 6/7. I used a size 7 the first time and the second time I used a size 5. What a difference needle size makes!
I still have a lot to learn, but the process is becoming more enjoyable. When I can figure out what is wrong on my own, I will have reached the next level. Off I go to work on another project that didn’t turn out just right.