I said I would get out my needles and so I have. Here is the follow up!
Firstly, I am not a knitter, but I don't mind admitting that. However when it comes to creative yarns that's not a disadvantage really, because I am not hung up on stitch design, the yarn will do it for me. The other side of the coin is that whilst I know what I want to do with my yarn, working out size has been a challenge. I have fallen in love with swatches, yes the impatient part of me has learnt the benefit of a small square versus pulling out large quantities of knitting.
Finally, having found a needle size I liked, I had to choose how to knit it up. I wanted the beehives to sit on the surface of the cowl (that's what I am making) so this is what I am doing. I cast on stitches and started with a knit row then whenever I came to a beehive I would knit up to the start of it (using up all the fine yarn right to the last stitch possible before the beehive starts) and then I would slip however many stitches it takes to get past the length of the beehive. With this yarn it was either 2 or 3 (sometimes 4). Slipping more stitches rather than less, meant that the beehive would sit firmly against the surface of the knitting. This method does tighten up the knitting and with this in mind I did cast on a few extra stitches at the beginning to compensate.
This is what I have achieved so far and I am really looking forward to the rest. I will keep you posted!
|Really wanted the Beehives on the surface of the knitting, not chopped in half amongst the stitches|
|Here you can see I slipped 4 stitches to get past this big beehive! I wanted it to slit flat against the surface and not sag.|