Monday, June 26, 2006

Ten things I learned this weekend

1. Some designers don't update their free patterns with known errata and expect you to email them instead.

2. A good Google search will always find said errata because someone has been there.

3. Counting to 240 is apparently beyond my skill level. (I think I forgot some lessons from elementary school.)

4. Using stitch markers every 100 stitches when you're picking up 480 stitches would have been a good idea.

5. Throwing a shawl knit on metal needles across the room solves nothing. In fact, a dozen or more stitches will fly off your needle as it sails across the room.

6. Yelling at your husband to shut up because you're counting accomplishes nothing. Neither does crying.

7. No matter what you are watching on television, some stupid character will start counting 1, 2, 3 right when you're at 234. You will start re-counting many, many times.

8. Realizing that somehow you're 15 stitches short of 240 is not a cause for panic. No one will notice if you locate the area with too few stitches picked up and kfb at fairly regular intervals.

9. When you realize that you and the designer apparently speak a different knitting language, causing you to perform acts of laceknitting heroism (i.e., drop down 4 stitches at each corner and create k2togs and YOs three rows down while maintaining the correct stitch count), do not curse her.

10. The edging will start to work out, and then you'll see two dropped stitches five 16-row repeats down. Safety pins are your friends!

As you can tell, there were a few problems encountered on the Print o' the Wave stole. I think there are errors on the inner border, or at least a large lack of clarity. If you need help, email me and I will tell you what worked for me. There are definite errors on rows 9, 11, 13, and 15 of the edging chart. The next to last knit stitch should be a k2tog on all these rows. I have no idea why a corrected version has not been posted. I'm very, very pleased with how it is turning out, though, despite the numerous problems I had this weekend.

In other news, I braved the laundromat to wash the Aran throw, and it turned out beautifully. As Laura has already told me, I'm sure the Cestari is going to pill, but it washes up into a really lovely fabric with just a bit of a halo. The cables relaxed, much of the vegetable matter came out, and the fabric is amazingly soft. I can't wait to take it to the wedding this weekend!

Since we are going to Vermont this weekend (and staying at an inn with a fiber farm and wool shop, I've decided to take a new project along. Because I have to be just like Laura (witness the Lady Eleanor Entrelac stole in SWTC Karaoke), I will be making the Go With the Flow tank from Inspired Cable Knits. Yes, the gauge is 29sts/4". Yes, I'm insane. But so is Laura. I will be picking up the Rowan 4-ply Cotton from The Yarn Connection this week.


LaBean said...

Cussing at Frank, always makes me feel better. True, it doesn't help the knitting but if I'm feelin more relaxed, I'm able to take a good look at what I'm doing and work up the courage to either fix it, or start again. I do not think you are insane for knitting a garment with a guage of 29sts/4". Because it doesn't have sleeves :))

eunny said...

Wow. The pattern is free. I've made the errata known on Knitter's Review - and Google will turn it up, as you said. Sorry you had difficulties; I would have been happy to help.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to be off topic but I saw you made a Charlie Brown sweater. Would be able to give me a direct link to the pattern because I can't seem to find it. Thanks!

Valerie said...

The Charlie Brown sweater pattern is available here: The zigzag is worked in duplicate stitch, however, and would be very easy to chart and use with a basic baby sweater pattern.

Anonymous said...

I have been to that website, but I still can't find the pattern. Where do I go from there? Also I am making it a small adult size. Is this possible?

Valerie said...

Here is the direct link for the pattern: I can't really help you more than that. You could use the pattern's zig-zag chart as a guide, make a basic sweater in the adult size, and duplicate stitch the zig-zag pattern. The pattern above is only for baby sizes.