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The Trouble with Susan

Susan, the pattern, is troublesome!

This should have been my first clue.

But my Granddaughter loves this dress! I started with the back left panel and all went well through the CO, ribbing, shaping, armhole decreases and shoulder and neck bind offs, until —

Four stitches on the needle, but three rows to go including directions to BO 6 stitches! Of course I immediately assumed that I had made a mistake or two even though I took copious notes and thought I was meticulous in the execution of the directions. 

I checked the Internet for errata – nada! I even made sure I had the most recent version of the pattern – check! Then I started doing the math. 

At the last point that the necessary number of stitches is mentioned (36), I was right on target. I think. 

Then came the decreases. Here’s the line by line math:

With 36 sts on needles at correct armhole length:

“At the armhole edge, bind off 3(4-4-5-5) sts twice, bind off 3(4-4-4-4) sts once, then bind off 3(3,4,4,4) sts twice. AT THE SAME TIME, at neck edge bind off 10 sts once, bind off 6 sts once, bind off 2 sts once, then work even at neck edge until shoulder bind offs are complete. Fasten off.” (4-4-4-3-3=18 knit row stitches bound off; 10-6-2=18 purl row stitches bound off). Total number of stitches to bind off equals 36 – same number I’m supposed to have when the decreases start, so should work out. But it didn’t. 

Oh, oh, I feel a frog coming on!! Yikes!! And I thought it was the pattern — it’s me!

My knitting is troublesome!”



The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

The Good —

Best Heel and Gusset Ever!
Best Heel and Gusset Ever!
Ready for Michele to check the sleeve length!
Ready for Michele to check the sleeve length!

The Bad —

Space Girl Summer Sweater
Space Girl Summer Sweater

After doing a gauge swatch and changing needle size, I did the math and figured it would be the size I wanted if I knit a size smaller. Well, that was a real MBF! (Math Brain Fart)! After completing the first 35 rows, I realized that with more stitches per cm than the pattern called for I needed to go UP a size, not DOWN. Frogged! I’m getting good at frogging — Jerry could hear the “rippits” from his outdoor studio!

Hummingbird Studio
Hummingbird Studio

The Ugly —

Mystery Shawl Border
Mystery Shawl Border

Looked good — until I was 3/4 of the way across and realized my stitch count was WAY off and no way to correct it except to — you guessed it — FROG IT!

I think I’ll cast on the second sock and call it a good knitting day…..

The Agony………and the………Wait Until Knit Group

The Wonky Garter Stitch Lace Ladder

I took my husband’s advice and frogged the mystery shawl back to the lifeline on row 142. Believe me, my husband is not an expert on knitting. He’s an expert on many things, photography, birds, gardening, politics, etc., but not on knitting. He knows three vocabulary terms about knitting — knit, purl, and frog it! But in this case, he was right. Take one look at the wonky ladder above and you can see why!

Thanks to the life line, this wasn’t as painful as I had anticipated. Then on to the next row. Row 143 reads, “K2, kfb twice, knit to last 4 sts, kfb twice, k2 (248 sts).” ¬†When I got to the last 4 stitches, I realized that I had only kfb’ed once at the beginning of the row! Back I went. Second time I actually had the required 248 stitches!! Row 144 was simple — Knit! I did and still had 248 stitches at the end of the row! Yahoo!! I then inserted a second life line. I’m adding a lifeline every 2 rows until I finish clue #3!

Two Life Lines Are Better Than One!
Two Life Lines Are Better Than One!

Then I was ready to start the dreaded Garter Stitch Lace Ladder! Here’s how it is supposed to look — a far cry from the first photo in this blog!

Garter Stitch Lace Ladder -- the Pattern
Garter Stitch Lace Ladder — the Pattern

So I did what any sensible knitter would do — I did a Scarlet O’Hara. I put it off until my Tuesday Morning Knit Group! Maybe Claudia can give me some advice….

I'll Worry About It Tomorrow!
I’ll Worry About It Tomorrow!