Cast on: I love the long-tail cast on...I usually can measure and estimate amount needed, being short a few stitches is easily remedied by knitting a couple on, 1st time...needed to knit on like 20...frog...2nd time...way too much tail left and I was afraid I would run out of yarn...frog...3rd time..a little too much left, but not so bad...so knit on...
Knitting: The beginning ribbing part went fine after 1 false start, completed 1" as pattern states..Then discover to my dismay...no #6 x 16" needle needed to start pattern..really thought I had one, so order one (a little yarn fell in cart too ;) as no one locally has the size. After a failed UPS delivery attempt (why...they were in my neighborhood...I saw the truck??), needle received. I attempted to use Denise set...yarn went wonderfully off the needles, but being 17" instead of 16", hard to move the stitches...let alone the bamboo needle I waited 1 extra day for...hmm don't like the join...had to keep stitches a little looser to get around.
Starting the pattern was fine, it truly is an easy pattern to follow, basically K's, SSK's, YO's etc. However I do not suggest trying to count, pay attention to a pattern while chatting with fellow Knitters at knit nite... :(! Frog 1...totally.
Attempt 2, knitting along, get past 2nd beaded row...pattern off..Frog 2.. a few rows, start again..Get past 2nd beaded row again pattern off by more stitches...tried to frog to ribbing only, no luck...frogged entire thing and...had to cast on again (4th time, yarn is getting a little tired of this) So knit on, small problem, only off by one stitch, SO THIS TIME I KNOW IT IS A YO...CAREFULLY remove 3 rows to fix...2hrs later... :) . Knitting right along, KNOT in my yarn...normally not a problem, but when you have X amount of beads still to use...Waaa! restring beads and knit on..Near the end of decrease round, join of needle...unable to get yarn across..the last set I have to do even! Said needle is on probation! ...So if you have made it this far reading...you deserve a prize...Late last nite, in barely enough time, finished work is below!
Pattern by Grumperina,
here Rowancashsoft in Sage- 1 skein, pearl colored beads
It truly is an easy pattern, but one must pay attention to detail, as the swirling effect is made by the specific YO's and SSK's...my poor needles wanted to purl so badly. I love it, and have another beaded skein waiting....however, a tiny bit short so DD is loving it, while I will make my next one with 2" of ribbing instead...oh yeah, and pay more attention to detail!!!! This was an exercise in patience to say the least...I could have stopped, but thought, if I stop now, an easy pattern, what am I going to do in the future....It tells me I need to pay attention more, stay focused on what I am doing, and not fall asleep while knitting ;)
Thanks for reading :)