As is true for many knitters, I don’t enjoy all the finishing steps that come at the end of a project. Weaving in ends, seaming, blocking, sewing on buttons – to me these things are all just obstacles to my being able to slide into my new hand-knit garment. I know logically that the opposite is true, but once the last stitch has been knit, I’m so eager to wear my new piece that I resent all those unwoven ends and open seams.
But no project is without some amount of finishing. And though I know it would be in my best interest to avoid projects with a lot of finishing, I’m often so enamored with the picture of the final product that comes with the pattern that I don’t read the instructions carefully enough. So when a pattern for a baby blanket says, “There is a total of 16 quilt squares, each formed by putting together four matching color quadrants …” I unfortunately don’t do all that math right away and think, “Holy cow, that’s 64 individual squares I’m going to have to sew together … and I won’t even be done at that point!” Instead, I think, “Gee that’s a really pretty blanket. I wanna make it!” And I did, but boy, did I hate all that finishing.
And unfortunately, I have not yet learned my lesson. When choosing a pattern for a knit-along I’m currently doing, I made some adjustments I thought would make completing the item a bit easier. The pattern called for nine different colorways that would alternate in ways I initially read as being too complicated. So I instead chose to work with only five different colors of yarn, but it turned out that reducing the number of colorways meant more color changes. So, whereas I could have simply carried the yarn during most of the color changes by following the pattern as written, I’m now faced with yarn tail spaghetti.
The moral of this story is – read the pattern carefully. Take note of all necessary finishing, and when making adjustments, pay close attention to whether you’re actually streamlining your project, or making it unnecessarily complicated.