So while browsing the interwebs the other day and ran across this adorable project:
It uses arm knitting, which is a technique I’ve never tried before. I had a bunch of bright summer colors I thought would be fun to use and decided to give it a go.
Fun summer color yarn with my sun hat and bathing suit, just so I could make sure it all goes together.
Then I realized the instructions said to use 5 strands of yarns, so I added a light slivery gray. After I watched the tutorial on arm knitting, I got started. I had to re-cast on several times because I made the stitches too tight. On needles this would just be annoying, but on your arms you start cutting off circulation. NOT GOOD.
Ok, a few tries later, I had made it a few rows:
I did finish the project, but I’m not thrilled with it. So much so that I’m not even going to subject you to the amorphous blob I produced. To be fair, I don’t think anything is wrong with the pattern (in case you wanted to try it yourself). My problems were:
- I used bulky yarn instead of worsted weight. This resulted in a very bulky finished piece that didn’t look as light as airy as the original.
- It’s waaayyy too big. Perhaps this is due to the yarn. It just swallowed me up with a I put it on and I couldn’t get comfortable wearing it.
- I don’t like the color combination. Yes, it’s bright and colorful, but just doesn’t thrill me. Can’t really pinpoint why, but I’m not going to try to convince myself I like it.
Since I only have bulky weight yarn, I think I’ll rip it all out and start over using just 2 or 3 yarns. It’s a work in progress, but I’m determined to make a cute summer accessory! I hardly ever come across summer knitting that I like or want to attempt, so I’m not going to let this setup defeat me!
Talk to you soon!