So excited to be coming to the end of the Cameo shawl, I made a few rookie mistakes as I headed down the final stretch. Finally! I was out of the straight garter stitch and into the lace. Though I read and reread the above instructions, I failed to do the part (now) highlighted in green: knit 4 more rows. Instead I jumped right into the lace. I'd counted stitches at the end of the striped section and had the correct 217 stitches on the needles, but row 1 didn't end right and instead of pondering why such a beautifully written pattern would have a messed up border, I just kept knitting.
No worries I thought...I'll fudge it. And fudge it I did for 7 more rows. SEVEN! That's about 1,700 lace stitches, give or take. By this time, my mistake had compounded and the lace was looking horrible and not at all like it did in the pattern pictures. Frustrated and without a lifeline, I frogged back to the end of the striped section, picked up all 217 stitches and DID IT AGAIN! Convinced something must be wrong with the pattern I went in search of notes and lifesavers on the Ravelry projects page. Not a thing was mentioned in any of the project notes for this shawl. At that point, I decided to reread the pattern again and though that part about knitting another 4 rows is in bold (and now highlighted for the apparently dim), I had missed that part.
So I frogged again, reknit those 4 rows in white and started the lace for real. So into being on the right track, I got about 11 rows in and began to notice holes where there shouldn't be any holes. I'd created a completely different lace pattern and had to rip back 3 rows to the mistake. I must have been in a trance. Instead of knitting (yo, K2Tog, K2) I was forgetting the K2 in some places.
All is well now though and barring anymore acts of knitting idiocy, sometime in the next year or so this shawl will be ready for Stoney to model.