This week, on paper at least, looked like it was going to be speedy.
There were options for the week – brioche or lace. I am finding that I don’t much enjoy lace right now, so I opted for the brioche, and I am glad I did.
I didn’t take too many pictures as I worked on this clue as it wasn’t the most varied. The brioche section took me a lot longer to knit than I had initially anticipated, and I kind of wish I had reversed the colours so that the orange was in the foreground rather than the red.
Somehow, I also dropped a stitch in the first round of the brioche which I hadn’t noticed until I was knitting the criss crosses. Thankfully I did spot it and managed to secure it with one of the ends that needed sewing in. It isn’t the neatest, but if someone is looking that close, well…
I found my rhythm with the brioche eventually, and it stopped feeling like I was stroking the cat backwards, leaving the YOs at the front. I have another brioche project in the wings, and this has encouraged me to get going on that soon.
Next up was the criss crosses. This was what caused me to stall fairly significantly on Shawlography. I wasn’t sure that I loved the look, so I kept my eye out for an alternative that worked well with the final week. I didn’t see anything that took my fancy, so plucked up the fortitude to start.
I had heard from a friend in my Instagram chat group that she recommended going up a needle size for the criss cross set up, as she had seen reports of people struggling where the wraps had become too tight on the cable. Unfortunately, I only have the one set of HiyaHiya tips so didn’t have the option to move up a size. I tried to make sure I wasn’t knitting too tightly, but I did experience some issues when it came to the cross 8 stitches.
My issue seemed to stem more from overlapping wraps though – where the wraps had got a little jumbled where I knit them. I also found it tricky to keep the stitches lined up in the correct manner until I twigged that pinching the first 4 stitches before moving the last 4 through kept them all straight.
I have to say that I am not in love with how this looks right now. The stitches look all loosey goosey and I can see that a superwash merino or something less crisp would work nicely. I am sure it will block out absolutely fine though.