We have all heard this question. My answer is invariably, “I don’t know.”
I rarely knit monogamously. At the moment I have four active projects that I can see from my current seat. I know I have another sock project kicking around somewhere and then there are the two project bags at the far end of the desk, call it deep hibernation. So, no, I never know exactly how long it takes me to knit any one project to completion.
Then I began to wonder, could I estimate how long it would take me to knit a project? In my hand was the Hitofude Cardigan, I am well into the lace pattern on the back/sleeve section. Row one has yarn overs and decreases, row two is mostly purl. I found the stopwatch function on my phone (first time I had ever done that!) and I timed myself while knitting row one. It took seventeen minutes and thirty seconds to knit the row. It took an additional ten minutes to purl the next row. I can say it took a minimum of 27minutes to knit Row one and two. There are a total of eight rows in the lace pattern, multiply this out (27 x 4) and the repeat takes 108 minutes to knit.
At this point I look at my knitting, I had just completed six repeats of the lace pattern (108 x 6), 648 minutes of my life spent knitting this back/sleeve and I am not even half way done. I know I will have to do at least 14 repeats of the pattern.
Calculate that as 108 minutes by 14 repeats (108 x 14) and I will spend approximately 1,512 minutes knitting the back/sleeve section of the Hitofude. That is over 25 hours! And that is just the back and sleeves, that is the smallest part of this cardigan!
This exercise has convinced me that I do not want to know how long it takes me to knit a project. I prefer to knit in ignorance
Now back to the Hitofude…