I still love casting on...

It's a bit out of character for me to have only one project 'on the needles', so feeling slightly bored with the Shapely Tee, I've started the Lolita Legs. I love the idea of knitted fishnets. I spotted a fishnet pattern in the 'Stitch n Bitch Nation' book a while ago; didn't buy the book, wrote down the pattern and then lost it. Doh! However, this free pattern is much better. Looks perfect for that special leg man in your life.

I found this cashmerino in my local craft shop (soon to be moving to Moira Furnace, folks). It feels GORGEOUS - it's probably the most beautiful wool I've used so far. Perfect deep red colour too.

The pattern claims that they knit up super-fast. We'll see - that's not the case so far. This is my first go at figure-of-8 cast on, knitting 'in the round' and lace knitting, so there's a good chance that it'll hold my interest till they're done!! Now, how does the 'yarn over' stitch go again....?

[update]

Just a couple of hours in and I'm pleased with the progress!


I've discovered that it's very easy to drop stitches when using these double-pins. While I was working on the toe (plain st st) I had to rescue one dropped stitch - see the top photo, where it looks like I'm playing jack-straws - that was successful, but I've just managed to drop 3 - and with this lace pattern, there's no chance of picking them up or even going back a couple of rows. I've rescued one, but the others have kinda disappeared. My heart sinks at the thought of re-doing all of this, and it doesn't seem to be 'running' so I'm going to make a couple of stitches and keep my fingers crossed that it's not noticeable!

6 comments:

Scout said...

Wow, Peahen! I applaud your courage. I have never knitted in the round either, nor made anything like socks or stockings. You'll have to post as you go as we can see how quickly this works.

I'm stuck on a wrap and still have three more skeins to go. zzzzzz

S P Dixon said...

lol - standing up in front of a paying audience to play a horn or cornet takes courage - I'm not convinced that learning how to knit in the round is in the same league!

I'm chuffed with how it's going already - I certainly will post updates! Sorry to hear about the boring wrap. Do what I do, start something more interesting!!!

whippetsgalore said...

Wow , that is some piece of knitting to take on!!
and I guess all of us will be waiting to see you model the finished item!!

You seem to be getting on with it rather well, I expect it's because it's such an interesting item. Look forward to your updates.

S P Dixon said...

I was waiting for someone to suggest that I model them, but I didn't expect it to be my Mum - lol!!! We'll see. Now that I know how mind-boggling some of these knitting patterns can be, I'm in complete awe of my grandmother who used to make it look so easy. I'd love to think that she's seeing how her needles are being used!

Alifan said...

Well done Pea... takes me back to the days when I used to knit socks and gloves, could not tackle those nowadays, the old brain would forget where I was and could end up with finger socks....

Isadora said...

It is lovely and useable!! Keep it. I've had a similar problem. Finally, finished a boiled wool, gray hat for myself that I had intended to make a comfortable pull on my head. I had not counted on loosing room for the gather. :) Ended up taking the band off and making it bigger. :) This time, it falls over my eyes. I think a hat pin is in order - I'm not taking it apart again.