i read ahead when i’m knitting someone else’s pattern.
when i’m writing up a new pattern, i plan ahead.
still, my tendency is to get in the groove of
the ribbing, or the stockinette,
and to blow right by
the place where i’m supposed to increase, or cable, or work an edging.
the only way i’ve found to stop myself is this:
i use stitch markers as ‘stop’ signs,
to me a stitch marker means stop, look, read and follow
the directions before proceeding.
problem is i lose stitch markers like other people
lose sunglasses or second mittens.
to compound the matter,
anything dangling off of a stitch marker
plain old annoys me. also,
i like double stitch markers at the beginning of the round
so anything too thick is not to my liking either.
i guess i’m fussy, but i know what i want.enter nice & knit’s new life savers.
these are my ideal.
streamlined silver rings, narrow enough to be doubled up,
and as an added bonus they come in small and large sizes
(you know how much i love the heavier yarns
and bigger needles).
i just cast on this week for a new cardi
and used these stitch markers.
they glide along so that i hardly know they’re there,
but they’re substantial enough that i
don’t forget to stop.
summary: they make me happy,
so now i’m headed off with them to knit a little more.
photo courtesy of nice & knit.