Well, my Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers are finally finished. Knitting the left one was a totally different experience to knitting the right one. No mistakes on my part and no dodgy yarn on Noro Kureyon‘s part. I am glad they are done – now I just have to wait 6 months before I can wear them. They are still a little scratchy but I am hoping a gentle wool wash will make all the difference. But they look fantastic and the colours are just beautiful. I made mine half as long again as the pattern suggests – instead of 50 rows of the leaf and vine cable motif I knitted 75 rows. I had to alter the the pattern a tiny bit to make the leaves and vines match up but apart from that it was very easy to do.
- Yarn snapped & broke
- Very thick or very thin
- Knots & twigs
- I made mistakes
- Armwarmer thinner & shorter
- Yarn well plied and strong
- Even thickness throughout
- No knots or twigs
- I made no mistakes
- Armwarmer thicker & longer
Edited to incude hopefully helpful hints for Melissa and anybody else:
Hey Melissa! I feel your pain. I found some of the instructions rather confusing, too. I found the >I< the most confusing until I figured out it was just a variation of the one you are having trouble with using 3 stitches instead of 2.
I will try to make this as clear as possible:
using the right needle knit through the back loop of both stitches on the left needle at the same time, just as if you were doing a ktbl (knit through back loop) using 2 stitches instead of 1
now loop your yarn around the right needle and pull your new loop through the 2 stitches just as if you were doing a k2tog ktbl
do not drop the 2 stitches off the left needle because then you will have 1 new stitch where you used to have 2 old stitches – this would be a decrease which you don’t want to do
now, do a k2tog using the 2 stitches you just knit into the back of – it can sometimes be a bit tricky and tight
you now have 2 new stitches to replace the 2 old ones so slip the old ones off the left needle
I hope this made it a bit more clear for you. Let me know if it didn’t or if you have any more questions. Good luck.
The following is how I extended to chart pattern to 75 rows.
Reading chart right to left:
Row 51 is row 1 . Start thumbhole shaping on row 55 (row 5 ). Finish cable pattern on row 75 (row 25).