I’ve been having a bit of a problem with the drops shrug. The pattern tells you as you approach the middle of the back section (knitting from cuff to cuff) to put 4 lots of 10 stitches on a holder over sucessive rows, then to add them back in after you have passed the centre back neck. It instructs you to pick up a stitch in the gap, then knit the two stitches together to avoid a hole as you return the stitches to the needle.
As you can see this hasn’t worked out very smoothly for me.
Yuk! I’m a bit annoyed because this shrug has been my easy, can read while doing it, project. I was a bit hopeful that blocking was going to even the stitches out a bit but it didn’t. I think I’m going to rip it back and do short rows instead. Other than the lumpiness I’m happy with how it’s going so far. This is the closest photo I have to how the colour looks in real life.
I also ripped back my alpaca crochet scarf. I had used up about half my yarn and it wasn’t long enough. I’d also left it too long to start the openwork. I could have just bought an extra ball of yarn, but it was kind of like a challenge to keep it within the yardage I have. If this pattern is any good I may offer it for free and I want it to be affordable for people to make.
I am actually a bit worried that I am allergic to the alpaca. I keep getting a sore scratchy throat, and i can’t work out if it’s always after working with the alpaca. It would be a real shame if I am allergic, because I love the softness and fluffiness of alpaca.