Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mnemonics for Knitters

Things are moving along with my Ghia sweater.  If I keep at it, I can have the second front finished by the weekend and start sewing it all together!  Very exciting!

It took me a while to figure this out, but one thing that has helped a LOT in following the chart is a little mnemonic I made up to help me remember which double decrease is which:


See those last two on the key?  I much prefer the S1, K2tog, psso.  The symbol looks a little like a Y, so I named it "YAY!"

The K3tog is quite frustrating to do with this thin, inelastic cotton; it always makes me say "Grrrrrr" when I get to it.  The symbol looks like a bear's claw swiping at me and growling, "Grrrrrr!"

Now that I've made these associations, I don't have to look at the key each and every time I come to one of these symbols to figure out which is which!  It has really helped me pick up the pace.

Do you guys do things like this?

10 comments:

  1. Omg I do that too, too funny!

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  2. I totally do this type of thing - it's the only way to keep myself (my brain?) on track with some things. But, "yay" and "grrr" have never been on my repertoire - I like the way you think!

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  3. What a great way to remember which is which!

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  4. Those are very clever mnemonics! K3tog can be difficult for sure since it can be hard to get under that third st.

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  5. I do this sort of thing all the time .... love your versions :)

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  6. Love it! I totally do stuff like that too... Got what you were talking about immediately. :) Can't wait to see your sweater!

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  7. Looks like I'm in good company!

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  8. I think I do something similar, though never yay and grrr - but you might have just added them to my repertoire.

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  9. If you ever need any help, or would just like to get together for a little knitting, let me know:)

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  10. Hahaha, this is great! I once heard that the siller (or ruder) your mnemonic is, the easier it is to remember. Not sure if it's true, haha. I love making mnemonics up too!

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