There are few things that terrify me when it comes to knitting, such as steeking (I could never cut my knitting!), size 0 needles (I’ll never finish anything on those teeny things), and skinny, laceweight yarn (goes hand in hand with the teeny needles). Taking on the Clapotis, a project that has been in my queue for years since it was published in Knitty, is tackling one of those fears: dropping stitches
Dropping stitches has a stigma attached to it: as new knitters, we learn to fear it because it seems like something that impossible to fix. To all knitters, it’s sign that oops, you made a mistake. So to incorporate the concept of intentionally dropping stitches into a design seemed to blow my mind. How could it be possible that doing that wouldn’t backfire and ruin a loved project?
The Clapotis is such a lovely scarf and oodles of knitters have made it in the last eight years since the pattern was published – that should be testament right there that this is a project with risks well worth the result. And you know what? Dropping that first stitch was ok. I may have panicked when I sent down the stitch to be dropped, watching as it created a ladder down the edge of my knitting. But when it got to the very end of the column and stopped unraveling, I breathed a sigh of relief that my knitting didn’t fall apart, that the pattern designer knew what she was doing when she wrote the pattern. Since then, I have sent many other stitches to their dropped-down fate and the outcome of each dropped stitch has been just right. I will say, there’s almost a rebellious feel to it – it’s making what would traditionally be a mistake into an intentional action. Take that, knitting perfectionists!
I can’t say that I’ll be tackling any of my other knitting fears soon…especially steeking. I shudder at the thought of taking my scissors to something that I spent hours working on.
So you know what mine are now – what are your knitting fears?