I thought I had this post all set to go yesterday . . . and…
Here’s a question? When, in one’s knitting career, does one decide to trust the pattern? Hmmmm? I’ve been knitting for 6 years and I still try to argue with the pattern and I just want to know when I’ll learn that if there’s a mistake, it’s most likely with my knitting and not with the pattern.
You would think, after 12 repeats of chart 2, that I would know that the designer might just know what she’s doing. But nope, not me. I get to chart 3 and it starts going all wonky and I decide the pattern is wrong.
You may wonder of what I’m speaking. It’s Kiri and I was almost done. I’d finished chart 1 and soared through 12 repeats of chart 2. I know I already told you that, I’m repeating myself to beat it into my head that if chart 1 is right and chart 2 is right then chart 3 is probably also right and I need to TRUST. THE. PATTERN. A little voice told me to put in a lifeline before I started chart 3 but me? I laugh in the face of lifelines. Hah, lifelines!
But chart 3? Things started looking not so perfect. The edge stitches and center stitches were harder to see – no nice even YO K1 YO line ups to guide me and let me know I am in the right place.
So, what’s a knitter to do? I started using stitch markers. Again, I had knit 12 repeats of chart 2 with nary a stitch marker but I decided chart 3 called for stitch markers. And stitch markers? They’re great. They keep that 12 stitch repeat all lined up. But, when you’re increasing along the edges and center of each row, you need to adjust the stitch markers on each new right side row. It took me 18 rows to realize that. Hunh. 18 rows. 18 rows which I blundered through, screwing up the edges and the center to make it work because until I figured out what was wrong (because, duh, it had to be the pattern) I just kept moving forward. What a dumbass.
So, me and Kiri? We’ll be spending some time together and we’ll be tinking. 18 rows. Back to the end of the 12th repeat of chart 2, where there’s no lifeline, because I don’t need no stinkin’ lifelines.
Then we’ll be moving forward with chart 3.
I want this to wear for Halloween. It’s black lace and all witchy like. Which might just be how I’m feeling about it.