The _______ from hell

I’ve had two of these projects so far.  There were the socks done with fingering weight yarn on dpns that I finally frogged. And then there was the Antlers  Scarf.

Antlers Scarf

Antlers Scarf

It’s from Son of Stitch ‘n Bitch. I’m not knocking the design or even the pattern. As you can see from the pic, it looks pretty damn cool.

I don’t know what I was thinking. First off it’s a scarf. Those always seem to take forever. I’ve been cranking out Christmas presents and I was already feeling a bit overwhelmed when I took this on.

Secondly, it wasn’t a relaxing pattern for me. Every knit row is cabled–which is what gives it this the awesome effect.

My experience with cables hitherto has been: you knit and purl for awhile. Every 8 or so rows, you cable. Wash, rinse, repeat. I like that. It looks complicated, but it’s really not. You get a lot of effect for your time and effort.

This pattern required me to pay attention and I don’t think I ever got a good rhythm going on it.  Also, I really have developed a dislike of cable needles. I’ve been using a dpn, but the ones I have are all on the long side. It gets awkward when you’re doing cabling all the time with only one or two stitches on the needle.

The fault lays with me entirely. I had different expectations of what the process would be like. I wasn’t prepared and it became something I loathed doing. My brother hinted heavily he wouldn’t mind one himself (I told him I’d buy him yarn and the needles and teach him to knit, but no way, no how would I be making another). I’ve gotten tons of compliments and I suspect the recipient is going to love this.  But I’ve come to hate it. The sense of relief when I did the bind off and then blocked the hell out of it to get the length was unbelievable.


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