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Friday, February 11, 2011

Check your pattern!!!

OK - so you should ALWAYS check your pattern for errata ONE LAST TIME before you start knitting.
It is a good thing that I am a true process knitter or I would have tossed my needles in the garbage today.

It started out this morning when I didn't double check my numbers before I started the lace section of a shawl. Did I count one last time to make sure that I had the right number of stitches? Nope. Did I knit the entire row once (over 180 stitches) before I realized that I was 2 stitches short? Yup. Did I realize that I had made a YO error in the previous row as well? Nope. Did I knit the entire row ONE more time before realizing it? Yup. So- I had to rip back three times before I got that row correct... fun.

Once I started the lace section - I realized after the first row that I wanted to do my double decrease so that there was no slant in it... instead of {slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over} I decided to {slip 2 knitwise, knit one, pass the two slipped stitches over}. Did I go back and fix that first row? Nope.
After knitting 5 rows there is a problem... For some reason I can't make things line up correctly... hmmmm. I undo this row 4 times before I realize the pattern is off by ONE STUPID STITCH... So I fix the pattern - swearing that with over 4000 projects this pattern should be fine... go back to Rav, check the pattern and see that it is corrected BOLDLY over a year ago... Really? I had the pattern that long? hmmmm
ok - so it is fixed and I am ready to move on... Then I look at the double decreases in the beginning section of the lace. I don't like that slant... The stockinette section would flow prettily into the lace section if it didn't have that slant on the first row that is now corrected in all subsequent rows...
Fine - I will just drop down and fix that section.
Did you know that dropping down double decreases isn't as easy as it seems? Well - I found out.
I did drop down and get 4 out of the 5 correct - but slipped up on one and the whole process took over 30 minutes to boot.
Finally I decided it was a better idea to frog back to the stockinette section and start over on the lace.
That was a bit of a challenge as well because there are YOs in that section as well. Fine - 40 minutes later - I am back to where I was this morning before everything started. Oh yeah and I have to fudge the last bit of increases again because the way the pattern is written the math doesn't quite work here - but i can leave out a double decrease in the first center section and it will be fine...

I just love knitting, but I am not sure why.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Episode 86 Ice Holidays?!