Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Always Check The Pattern

I am a big believer of there being no rules in knitting but unfortunately there has to be. If not rules exactly there has to be guidelines and #1 is READ THE PATTERN PROPERLY!!! As you may remember Janelle asked me to knit her a jumper, there is a picture here and so last night I cast on and did 14cms of rib before I went to bed. This morning eager beaver got up and quickly made the lunches and did the general early morning circus routine of getting kids and husband off to work and school and then started the lace pattern in the jumper. Row 1 k4, sl1, k1 psso etc. etc. to last 10sts, oh bugger I have 11sts so off I go unpick to the beginning of the row and start again, gets to the last 10sts and once again I have 11sts. I then check the amount of stitches used in the row 93, I had to cast on 94. Okay there must be a mistake in the pattern, so off I go and check out the web site, no corrections for this pattern. I went on the forum at the site and asked had anyone else found this problem??? Within a short amount of time the editor of the magazine replied and mentioned ever so nicely had I maybe not seen the decrease 1 stitch in last row of rib!!!!

So lessons learnt today were never start lace pattern early in the morning, especially not before a strong cup of coffee to de fuzz the brain and NEVER go on a forum and question a pattern before you have double triple checked to see if in fact you are the one who has cocked up!!!! Here is a photo of the offending jumper so far, it is a lovely pattern, and the yarn is Patons Zhivago which I love knitting with. The colour is also a favourite of mine which Janelle chose herself, like mother like daughter.

14 comments:

msfortuknit said...

Pretty

2paw said...

Ouch!!! I hate that!! I have done things like that too, then I feel really shamefaced!! However, it all worked out fine in the end, it looks lovely and the colour is really Janelle!!!

Michelle said...

nice jumper. and i hate undoing :( i'm really bad at it :( and i've no idea how to pick them up if i frog it...bugger.

anyway...nice colour too although i'm not much of a blue person!! ^_^

michelle
http://knitty-bitty.momo4ever.com

Katt said...

bugger about having to undo. And a tad embarassing!! I have done that but never voiced it to anyone but Adam (and he doesnt know much about knitting! lol).

Looks gorgeous! Love the colour. I love Zhivago lovely to work with! Planning on knitting the girls a top each out the the Zhivago book I got.

Katt

Wool Winder said...

I have that problem with sock knitting. I often don't read the pattern well enough for the second sock. I guess it's because I've already done it and I think I know what to do. The second sock is where I often make careless mistakes.

krisknits2 said...

At least it was only one stitch and you could do it at the end of the row. All in all, a fairly easy fix.

Kylie said...

It looks absolutely beauitful. I find i make mistakes late at night just before i go to bed:)

Cathy said...

Lovely pattern and looooooooooovely colour.

Cathy

Shelley said...

I can totally relate to the reading the pattern wrong, as I have posted a couple posts ago...lol

Jessica said...

Ouch! Yep making mistakes in reading patterns is part of knitting.......... I seem to do i quite often......... usually with a pattern I think I know.

Sometimes Unwilling Guru said...

In a similar position when I questioned the lace wrap on the Patons free pattern site,I could not get it to look anything like picture!!! In the end I reckoned bugger it and undid what I had and started again making clapotis,yes I know a bit dehind the fashion there but I have done heaps and I don't even need stitch markers so its fun and NO stress!!!!!!!!

Suzi said...

Now that is my speciality, not reading patterns as carefully as I should.

However if the magazine is the one I suspect it is, I would think most knitter's would instantly assume a misprint, although I do think they have got their act together a bit better now.

Suzi.

Knittinreed said...

Aw, darn!

But it sure looks wonderful now - I can't wait to see more of the pattern emerge - like a flower budding out! I love the color too.

Zippianna said...

That is really a beauty. The pattern of the lace makes the ribbing look cathedral window shaped. Lovely icey blue color, too. Sorry you had to frog it. =o\