Day 3: Silly American

Apparently, I have absolutely no frame of reference for centimeters.

This isn’t all that surprising – I’m from the USA, after all. We don’t use the metric system like literally the entire rest of the world. Oh no, we’re stuck in our ways and simply insist on using the imperial system of measurement, despite the fact that the metric system makes infinitely more sense.

This rant, for the record, is courtesy of me doing about 6 extra centimeters of knitting than I needed to, and having to pull back some of my sweater.

The pattern I’m using uses centimeters, which thankfully I did know when I started knitting. I just have no frame of reference for how much a centimeter is, so when it said to knit 19 centimeters on this first piece, well, I thought that sounded like a lot. So I started knitting, and knitting, and knitting, and after a while I thought “I must be at least halfway done, let’s measure to see!”

And lo and behold, not only was I more than halfway done, I was 6 centimeters over, and ended up having to pull out more than 20 rows.

Now, granted, this wasn’t some colossal effort or anything. What was annoying, however, was putting the stitches back on the needle after pulling them out. I am terrible at this.

First, I’m usually too concerned with getting the stitches back on the needle before they start dropping to really think about what direction they’re facing. That means that when I go back to start knitting, usually at least half of my stitches are facing the wrong direction, and I’m sure I’ve had more than a few twisted stitches because of it.

But twisted stitches can be fixed – I can usually tell which way it’s supposed to be, and I’ll flip the stitch around. What I struggle with significantly more is my end stitches! For some reason, I just cannot get the hang of how to slip those on my needle properly.

I ended up with an extra stitch when I put the stitches back on for my sweater, and I honestly have no idea how that happened. I had to finagle it a bit, and the edge isn’t as nice and smooth as it should be because of that.

Fortunately, I shouldn’t have the same problem for the next piece that I’m knitting, since I just have to knit the same amount of rows as I did for this one.

But then again, as a beginner you just never know the mistakes I could end up making, so wish me luck!