I joined in on a Game of Thrones KAL (offered by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreichon on Ravelry) a few weeks ago.
I’m using some yarn from my stash, Unique Sheep, Tinsel Toes in Evergreen. I bought it some time ago at SAFF. I thought it went nicely with my pattern Danni’s Gloves. It’s available on Ravelry, just click the link if you’d like to purchase that pattern.
I have to admit I am behind by nearly a week, but still in the “Game”.
Thus far, we have knit in basically the same stitch pattern for the whole thing. However it’s kept interesting by the additions of new spines as we go along.
This was initially somewhat confusing. The YO and center spine K1 are listed at the front of the pattern. It’s our job as knitters to remember where. I wrote down the spots where I am to do the spine increases on a piece of note paper so I don’t have to go back and forth on the pattern to be sure I’m remembering right.
I also find it much easier to work with stitch markers in varying colors.
I’ve placed a small markers at the edge to help me remember to stay in garter stitch there.
I’ve also placed dark markers between the repeats. They need to be moved over on certain rows, but still it helps to stay on track.
I put green markers on either side of the center, where the repeats stop on the chart.
Then where the extra spine joins the party, we get another chart for that. I’ve added light markers to differentiate the change in pattern.
In the first weeks weeks we knit from one chart and then the next, but in week 3 we have begun alternating. As example Chart B, followed by C (twice) and the back to B, then in the latter rows it will change to all B’s, and then to C,B,B,C. Sound confusing? It’s not really. She has included a key depicting the row, chart and stitch counts for each step.
I printed that out and keep it right beside my iPad along with the increase directions. I use an app called Jknit to keep all my patterns. I can download the PDF right to the iPad and keep track of my rows with the highlighted line (love it!). I pretty much knit all my projects off the iPad now.
So far I really like it! I can’t wait to see the finished shawl.
I’m anxious to get back to my knitting, so that’s all the posting for now…
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I’m enrolled and it’s helping me to design my Wild things Shawl ( whenever I get all the yarn spun…)