I don’t like the jumper I’m knitting. There. I’ve said it.
I still love the look of the finished jumper in the pattern pictures and I really like the fabric that’s coming off the needles but I can’t stand the pattern. It uses complicated increases and decreases that I don’t think I’m doing properly so I’m not getting the look that they’re supposed to achieve. Also, they’re so complicated that I’m having to stop and read the instructions carefully every time I come across one, which is currently four times a row.
I’ve been trying to work out why I’ve barely knitted since Christmas and it wasn’t until I spent some time on Ravelry this afternoon looking at patterns and projects and starting to get enthusiastic about the idea of knitting again that I realised that it’s not that I don’t want to knit, it’s that I don’t want to knit this jumper. And, since it’s the only project I have on the go at the moment, that translated to me not wanting to knit.
So, I’m going to frog it, reclaim the yarn and start on something else. I’ll put the pattern back on the shelf and come back to it another day, making sure I take the time to properly work out and learn the increases and decreases so I get the result that I want.
Of course, this means that poor Steven who has had a respite from me knitting for the past three weeks (which he needed after the stress of my Christmas knitting) is going to have to put up with it again.