This morning, I used this:
to cast on for
a close up:
The pattern is damask by Kitman Figueroa. I have been very skittish of all her patterns. The reason being, I don't like casting on 100+ stitches. It causes me great stress. I'm just not good at it. I either end up with too much on my long tail cast on or not enough. Am I bad at estimating certain things? Definitely. Hence the reason why I am not so great at casting on 100+ stitches. It typically takes me two tries. The perfectionist in me might even go for a third because the second try I usually end up having too much leftover. Here's to hoping I don't run out of yarn! The one good thing about starting with so many stitches, is eventually the stitch count decreases. Yowza. I just looked at the last page of the pattern and I have to get through 126 rows before I reach completion. I'm about to begin row 15. Sigh.
Now here's where Unfold comes in! As I was looking at the written pattern (the chart and I just weren't jiving too well), I thought about how knitters start with a pattern (pictured above) and then what unfolds is this amazing beauty. Granted my beauty is still in her baby stages but she is surely shaping up to be something special. Next on my list will be an aphrodite. The hubs and I already took a look at the beads at the local Beverly's. When I get closer to casting on, I will probably take my yarn with me so I can match it up to some pretty beads. I'm excited to knit my first project with beads! I've been looking for something inspiring.