It's amazing how repetition aids learning. Yesterday while catching up on ANTM and Heroes, I tried unsuccessfully to learn how to weave in knit stitches on the sampler I am working on from the Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee. I just didn't get what the author was trying to teach me from the instructions and illustrations in the book. Without warning my fingers and thumbs were in a muddle, as I continuously poked them with my circulars and horribly twisted my two strands of yarn. After trying for 80 stitches to weave in my knit ends I sighed loudly with frustration. What did it matter anyway? Knitting was supposed to be relaxing and fun and I was never going to do 2-colour knitting so what use would learning how to weave in knit stitches be to me anyway? So I stuffed my ugly little mutant Kermit sampler into my knitting bag and watched the rest of Heroes in peace.
This morning however I felt uneasy as I confronted Kermit once more. So far I had faithfully followed the workshop in creating my sampler (aka Kermit) to the letter and have joyously learned how to cable cast-on, finally knit a short row, created a neat chain selvedge and a sweater pocket, experimented with increases and stripes, sailed through perfecting my raglan seamline decreases only to get stuck with weaving in knit stitches. No, I wasn't going to be beaten by something that sounded as simple as weaving in a stitch for goodness sake, I couldn't amputate my knitting repertoire of something as vibrant as 2-colour knitting.
So I tried again but still the same problem, the yarn being carried was not being weaved in at the back of my knitting and I just couldn't understand why. Then for some reason I decided to peak around the back of my round and see exactly what was going on to cause my carried yarn to just droop so limply despite my best efforts and I watched those strands as I took the yarn to be carried over the left needle and the yarn to be knit with over the right needle and for some reason I was dropping the carried yarn off the left needle before I could knit the stitch with the main colour yarn. Hence my problem, because I should have been letting the carried yarn drop just as I knit the stitch to give the yarns a chance to intertwine and then as the next stitch is knit the carried yarn is automatically tucked in and weaved at the back of the fabric so the weaving takes place over two stitches not one as I had previously thought. Are you confused yet? Well I was until I watched this yarn dance going on at the back and as soon as I witnessed it the penny dropped and it was so simple and logical and I was so happy I had not let myself be defeated by something which I now know is perfectly simple.