|Our little Rilynn!!|
I honestly couldn't remember how to pick up and knit stitches using the Portuguese knitting method. I was lucky enough to have Andrea Wong post a YouTube how to do this simple step. Honestly, I couldn't even remember how to hold my yarn and needles the 'old' way and kept getting my yarn just not in the right spot with the Portuguese. But, Andrea did a great job explaining so that took care of one problem. And, yes, I felt dumb seeing how easy it was!
Next up, I wasn't very careful on storing the half finished knitted piece...hence, I did get quite a few snags/mini holes, which I tried to repair. Hoping when I block it, they will fall into place! I'm sure when Rilynn wears it, she'll create some of her own, which is fine. It's meant to be worn, right!
Lastly, I couldn't figure out how to pick up the stitches around the armhole, which is one piece...using my circular needles it just wasn't cutting it! I couldn't make it around the armhole! I finally reread the instructions, where it said "using double pointed needles, pick up 54 stitches". Hmmmmmm OK, so I get out two double pointed needles and tried to pick up stitches....no way was this going to happen.
FINALLY, I read the material list again and guess what! They said "set of size #3 double pointed needles"....double pointed! Really! I have no idea why but I JUST happen to have a set of double pointed needles (set of 4!) My next delima was how to use them. I have never made socks and I don't know why I even had a set of double pointed needles (even in the correct size!) but there they were...so off to google how to use the buggers!
Well, I know for sure I won't ever make socks! I felt like I had three or even four hands! Yikes! This was not fun and more frustrating. I don't know the number of times I ripped out picking up stitches around each armhole! But I finally got into the swing of it! Separating the 54 stitches to 3 needles! DUH!
But it's done...well, almost. I need three buttons for the back closure and guess what! I could only find one pink button, in the right size , in my button box! All those buttons and only one pink button!!!
To tell the truth, I'm almost tempted to remake this pinafore....almost...I purchased yarn to make a shawl last fall at the same time I purchased the yarn for the pinafore...so I really want to make the shawl - for myself! Who knows...I'm not big on making children's knitted clothes because they grow out of them so fast. So guess I'll be selfish and just make my shawl! And I won't be using double pointed needles!