Here's the cute pattern I was trying:
Patience is not one of my virtues. I hate following patterns; I hate using tiny needles. I like to design my own styles, AND most significantly, I never make sweaters (anymore! not since college 100 years ago!) or anything that requires two (sleeves, socks, mittens), or anything that requires precise fitting. I am FREEFORM - well, my body is also getting that way! I prefer unconstructed designs, scarves, vests, funky forms, combining knit and crochet, and felting.
Over the years, as friends and fellow fiber aficionados have seen me knitting, several have remarked that I don't knit right. First of all, I'm a continental knitter (thanks, Aunt Joske!), but I find that much more efficient to English style - which I have never accomplished and therefore dislike. Of course, I resist knowing that I "don't knit right!" It seems perfectly OK to me, and it SELLS!
But more recently, I've been curious about it and began to research the ways in which continental knitting is "correctly" done. I AM DOING IT WRONG!!!
Twisted Stitches (and More!) I'm not blaming Aunt Joske here. It's possible that she taught me this way. It's just as possible that my technique evolved over time and no one had told me it was wrong. It results in a twist in the texture of the fabric produced, and it causes ribbon yarns to maddeningly twist and twirl. The differences became stunningly apparent last week when I tried to follow a simple pattern of interest to me and my results looked NOTHING like the photo!
Here's mine! It doesn't have the lovely breaks in the rows. UGH!
I think I'll just try something else!
I sometimes seek patterns simply to learn a new stitch or combination of stitches, but I guess the answer is to NOT use patterns so as to save myself the frustration of creating something entirely different from that pattern. In addition, I'm not so sure I want to teach myself the "correct" way of doing this! I'm old, already! Hard to teach an old dog new tricks! That's ME!