Wednesday, December 19, 2012

{yarn along} Lateral Braids

I am giddy!

As I got ready to cast on for Treads, I read the instructions and my heart sank. Lateral Braids? Linen Ridge Stitch? What had I gotten myself into?  Not much, since the pattern is a free download and the yarn came from up in the sewing room....but I was sure I was in over my head.

And I hadn't even cast on yet.

I can't remember if I saw the pattern on Ravelry or on someone's blog last week, but it was love at first sight. I wanted a pair for myself. 150 yards of worsted weight yarn? I've got that. And paper and ink the I can do this, right? I've done mittens before. How much harder could gloves be?

Textured knits make my heart go pitty-pat. I jumped into this project before looking at what it was going to take to get that texture.  Anything that requires knitting into the back of the second stitch and then into the first stitch terrifies me.

But I needed a yarn along post and it was either casting on for Treads or tackling my disastrous shawl.... so I chose the unknown and decided to spend an hour trying to make it work.

Lateral Braids aren't as scary as they sound. Neither is Linen Ridge Stitch. And now that I've managed both of those, I'm pretty darn sure I can do a gusset!  This is a very well written pattern, but it's full of things I've never tried before.

The books? They're Judy Bolton mysteries -- The Clue in the Patchwork Quilt and the Secret of the Barred Window.  

For more fun projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times and Work in Progress Wednesdays at Tami's Amis


Missie of Traditional Primitives said...

What a cute glove! I love the blue you are using! I am not a knitter...have tried it several times and just don't have the know how to keep my yarn at the same tension. I can, however, use my daughter's Knifty Knitter loom to do basics and love to make scarfs!! Who cares if it's the way kids make them! LOL. Good luck with those fancy gloves. Please show them when you finish!

cleancup said...

I downloaded that pattern last week and had the same sort of reaction :) Glad to hear (read) it's not as scary as it first appears.

Minding My Own Stitches said...

I love this pattern every time I see it and you know, I might even have the perfect yarn in my stash! For sure you can do the gussets - lateral braids are tougher than them!

Leslie said...

Great adventure trying new patterns, I love it!

Unknown said...

Those mittens are amazing. I can't wait to see yours.

Michelle said...

I think a lot of patterns look and sounds scarier than they actually are. I think the best way to learn a new skill is to try it, because if you want to do it badly enough, you're going to figure it out. I'm sure these are going to be wonderful.

heyitskarla said...

I'm glad you told us what the books are, because I was going to ask. You are brave to tackle that scary sounding pattern. They are going to be gorgeous! I downloaded a scary pattern several weeks ago. Maybe you've inspired me to give it a try.

Judy D in WA said...

Oh Great! Now I have to make myself a pair! :) Thanks for sharing the link. I know I have yarn and I know I have needles, I just need to find a bit of time.


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