Harvest-a-long: Final Preparations

Everyone figured out their size, bought their yarn, and figured out what needles you’ll use (after swatching!)? Let’s finish our prep, so we can start this thing next Saturday.

Getting it All Together

After years of doing otherwise, I’m now fully on-board with the idea of gathering all of my materials for a given project in one place. I’d recommend you do the same. Print your pattern then put it together with stitch markers, some waste yarn (more on that in a second), needles (remember, you need two sizes!), a pen or pencil (to mark progress), and, well, the yarn you’re using to make the sweater. If you’re using a yarn that has to be wound, wind all of what you think you’ll use now. If you’re on the cusp of needing a new hank, hold off on winding that last one but stick in your bag.

On-the-go Knitters, a Special Note

If you’re someone who knits on the go, I’d go with at least 200 yards of yarn plus all of the notions in your knitting bag. (And you should be good with just the first page  – second page of the PDF – of the pattern for awhile.) Everything else, put in a place you can find EASILY. I tend to keep my WIP materials on the top of my yarn storage, in either a giant Zipolock or a grocery store bag.

Waste Yarn

Use a waste – which I wrote as “wasted” the first time – yarn that’s 1) worsted weight, 2) isn’t particularly splitty, and 3) is a very different color than your working yarn. If possible, find something non-variegated as it’ll be even easier to see what’s your working yarn and what’s waste yarn. I’d even go as far, in terms of prep, to say you should cut yourself four (yeah, you only need two, but who hasn’t lost a piece?) lengths of this waste yarn, about 18″ long. That way, you won’t *have* to find scissors to cut it from the ball or whatever. I’m going to use Peaches and Cream in this weird orange color.

Pattern Prep

I can be a bit…distracted when I knit. See, I tend to knit when I’m watching TV or riding in the car, so I don’t want to have to stop, put down my knitting, and try to figure out what the pattern is saying or telling me to do. Because of this, I like to mark up my patterns quite a lot. It starts with the size marking and, for this one, you really need to make sure you pay attention to which of the, what, 50, sizes is yours. Count twice for each bracketed set of instructions. I also like to make myself little tally blocks and, if I really think I’m going to be confused or one of those “At the same time…” sections comes up, I write the pattern out, row by row.

Next Time on Harvest-a-long…

We actually knit something! I’ll show you the first few steps of the collar and starting the yoke.

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Harvest-a-long: Final Preparations

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