Since I picked up knitting (again) about 17 years ago, I’ve been a thrower. I’m self-taught leftie knitter, so nothing I do is really conventional. Consider I’m a thrower, I’m a pretty quick knitter as well. But man, when it comes time for 1 x 1 or 2 x 2 rib, I really hate being a thrower. It is actually pretty uncomfortable, and feels pretty slow to me.
I’m currently working on the Lettuce Wrap shawl, a free pattern on Ravelry, perfect for gradient and long color change yarns. A friend of a friend is going through a really rough time right now, and said the nicest things about a different chemo shawl I made for someone, so I decided to make her a shawl. I don’t love the colors – at all – but they are the colors she wanted, and actually, the more I work on it, the more they have grown on me. The textured sections are broken rib, which means 1 x 1 on he purl back rows. I decided that this was a good project to practice my picking skills.
So far, it’s been OK. It’s of course easier for me to throw, because breaking nearly two decades of habits isn’t going to be easy. I don’t know that it is any faster, as I often have to stop and re-tension my yarn. I may look and see if I can find some tips and tricks for tensioning, but I think I just need to mess around with it more. And ideally not with a 250 stitch row. That’s just exhausting no matter what.
As for the shawl, it’s a great pattern. It is interesting, but also mindless enough that I have been able to watch the NCAA Tournament while knitting it all. A few weeks ago, I got a wild hair to knit a triangle shawl, so the timing was perfect.
For the record, these colors would NEVER be colors I would choose, but this is a gift, and she loves gold, orange and other fall colors.