Since this is my first sweater, I didn't trust myself to just follow the pattern. I had to overthink it!
One thing I questioned was the what, how, where and even the why of the waist shaping. I bugged other knitters. I took notes. I drew charts and made lists. And, despite all the help I was getting, it didn't click.
I should know better. I'm a retired learning specialist. I went to workshops--geez, I gave workshops--on learning styles!
Am I a visual learner? Not really. I like displays and charts--but I need something more.
Auditory? Nope--not at all. Talk goes in one ear and out the other!
Kinesthetic? Hands on? Feel it? Touch it? BINGO! That's me!
So I knit another swatch where I worked the shaping. I put the words of the pattern into action.
OHHHH! Now I get it!
This pattern is fabulous--it's so intuitive. Perfect for a new to sweater-knitting knitter! After this week's detour, I'll be casting on again.