Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fun With Charts.

Somewhere along the line, I decided that I stink at following patterns. It probably has something to do with the fact that I get distracted between one instruction and the next, which leads to skipping steps. Or sometimes doing steps twice. Which leads to... well, usually a mess, and definitely not what I was hoping the pattern would lead to.

As you may know, recently I decided it's finally time to try again. The first step on my quest to actually follow instructions was the blanket. As I said, I didn't quite manage it. The next thing I decided to tackle was a hot water bottle cover for my grandma. I made her one when I was living in her basement apartment, but it's a little worse for wear and needed a replacement.

So I found a gorgeous pattern* online and decided to give it a try. This is the first time that I've ever followed a chart for any kind of knitting pattern and I was sure that, given my distractable nature, I would screw it up.

I know myself pretty well; I had to rip it down five times.

Part of not having followed patterns properly before is not actually knowing the proper names for anything. Thank goodness for the internet! New skills I learned to make this thing: following a chart, "bobbles", seed stitch, provisional crochet cast on, and making a button band (complete with button holes!). 

In the end, I managed to stick it out, and grandma's water bottle is now properly cozy-d. 

I'm pretty pleased with myself.

*The Haworth hot water bottle cozy is a free download on Ravelry! Easy to follow instructions,even for those of us with short attention spans.

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