Monday, June 11, 2012

Head? Meet wall.


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.

I swear.


13 comments:

NCmountainwoman said...

When I do that I put the piece away until I can look more sanely without screaming at myself. Otherwise I come to hate it.

It's going to be great, though.

Silliyak said...
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Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

umm, i have no idea what this is but i feel really bad that it happened honey...

hugs, bee
xoxoxoxoox

Silliyak said...

No stitches in cranium please.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree. A rookie mistake. A little counting tip is: When counting a row, the tip of your knitting needle is the best tool out there. The thing to remember is that Knit stitches look like a “V” and Purl stitches look like a dash. Hope this helps.

Brenda said...

Here I thought you were on vacation. Instead you are frogging. Well that stinks with frustration. But I know it will be a beaut when you finish.

Miss 376 said...

Oh, the number of times I've done that! So glad you eventually found the problem, you should fly through the rest now

Gail said...

I envy your talent and patience. It's going to be another work of art.

sapphireblue said...

I'm guilty of doing that.

Knitty said...

I wish I could say "My gosh! I've NEVER done that!" Well, I could say it but I'd be telling a huge lie.

The Bug said...

Well this makes me feel better about the number rows I've ripped out of this &*%$# red hat I've been crocheting :)

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Oh Rudee missed you for a few days so catching up. I just love reading about your knitting experiences. Sounds like my crocheting. I am making a unique crocheted purse out of plarn for a friend I just recently ran into after about 40 years and I want it to be fabulous. She is Lebanonese and I was trying to add the intricate things that would reflect her heritage. I almost wore out the plarn putting in and pulling out. I will post when or if I ever finish it.
QMM

Stephanie V said...

Just one of the many methods of creating a UFO in my book. I feel your pain...frogging out all those rows of stitches? Yikes! Love the color - it's going to be so classy looking.