What does M1 mean to you? I've discovered it means different things to different people. For example, when you say M1 to my bff, Theresa, she'd probably think of the BMW concept car:
But my boyfriend would automatically envision the rifle:
And his son's definition would be that wacko motorcycle he dreams of owning:
To my nephews, I bet M1 would be a smartphone:
But what is an M1 to a knitter?
For me, M1, or make 1, has always meant knitting an increase stitch using the strand of yarn between two stitches. This is how The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting instructs (and the way I've done it for 30+ years).
But to other knitters, M1 apparently can mean a different kind of increase. In this rendition, you knit into the front and back of a stitch to increase one. (See eHow for a fuller description of this technique, or visit the Cabin Fever Sisters blog for a terrific explanation of the different ways to knit m1.)
I'm not sure what the folks at Classic Elite intended, but I now have rows of little holes on all the increase rows.
I'm not sure how I feel about this; it looks a bit lacy, but I wouldn't have designed it this way myself. Now I'm faced with three choices:
- Frog the damn thing to death and start the increase rows over
- Wait until I'm done and then sew up all the holes
- Leave it the way it is and have just have it irritate me forever
I'm not sure which solution I will choose. I'm inclined to just keep going because I want to finish this cardigan and move onto other projects. But my jury is out.
Meanwhile, please don't ask me why I had to knit six or seven increase rows before I realized it bugged the living crap out of me. All I can say is that I knit at night when it's darkly lit and I'm tired. And I'm old and menopausal. Do any or all of these excuses work?
In my final observation of the day, I will remind you that my profession is graphic design and branding. This qualifies me to declare that any company that names their product "M1" is nuts. Look at how many things already mean M1 - and I'm sure there are more. Find another product name, guys - one that half the people on the planet don't already associate with something else!