I decided to try to make a shrug with my bulky-gauge knitting machine today. I’ll still handknit the other one I was planning, but I just felt like I had to try this today.
So far, so good. I’m using a blue worsted weight yarn. I’m making up the pattern as I go, but gleaning a lot of patterning ideas from various shrug patterns I’ve seen online. If it works, I’ll write up the pattern and make it available for any machine knitters that might want if (if I dare flatter myself that anyone would want a pattern of mine).
I’m making it in one piece from wrist to wrist. When it comes off the machine, all I’ll have to do is sew up the arm seams and block it a bit. Very tempting to skip the blocking, but the finished products always look better when blocked, in my experience.
My roommates probably wonder what the God-awful noise coming from my bedroom is – the machine is a bit loud – but let them wonder.
Well, I’m halfway finished, so I’d better get on with it. It’s working out so well! Gone is all the frustration I’ve had in the past, fighting with the knitting machine to get it to do what I want. Hurrah!