Provisional Cast-On + Circular Knitting = Frustration
The pattern is Picovoli by Grumperina. I have to confess that I came close to pitching it out the window about four times this weekend. Never in my short but angst-ridden knitting career have I had so many problems casting on! Now, I admit I've never done a provisional cast-on before, but that part wasn't so bad in and of itself.
The problem was that I was apparently incapable of joining the round (the sweater is very handily knit in the round--ergo, no seaming) without twisting it. Something about that extra yarn just hanging out there really freaked me out. This happened twice, forcing me to start all the way over from the beginning because I was feeling too inept to try to salvage it.
The first time I did succesfully join the round without twisting, I then screwed up the picot round--again, back to
By this time, I was convinced this project was doomed. Then I headed to knitting group on Sunday afternoon. There was Shireen, who apparently hates seaming as much as I do, working on her own Tivoli (basically the Picovoli sans picots). Shireen had chosen almost the exact same color as I had, and she was raving about how fast and easy the knitting was. What's more, the results were beautiful when I saw them close up. Inspired, I headed home to make one more try:
Sorry about the shadowy picture--I'll get some better ones as I go along, I'm sure. The best news is that thanks to some concentrated knitting time on Sunday evening, I've made it past the picot round on the neckline without disaster and am ready to start the initial increases. Here's hoping that we're over the hump (or at least that I no longer have to rip all the way back to the cast-on!).