Berroco’s Shinty Vest. It had haunted me for close to a year now, but I conquered that project and am wearing it today. Here’s what happened and why this is a knitting fear.
|Closeup of the vest.|
Last year, almost exactly one year, I started a class for this pattern. It was the first garment that I tackled. The classes were fine, but this vest brought me so much frustration. Why? I hadn’t learned to properly read a pattern yet.
Still, I muddled through it and managed to finish the body. Then came the worst knitting fear of them all: picking up stitches for the band. I was so flummoxed and frustrated. I stuffed the project in its bag and left it sit, always in the back of my mind of as an example of what I felt was incompetence.
A few days ago, I picked this vest back up, almost a year after I stopped. I started to pick up stitches with a lot more ease. And reading and comprehending the pattern was a LOT easier. See what difference a year makes?
The lesson? Don’t give up, even if it means putting something down for a long period of time. As you gain more experience as a knitter, things that at one time seemed daunting are now doable. Two fears were conquered with this one: picking up stitches and reading a pattern that I once thought to difficult.