Lessons in Reading CarefullyPosted: October 18, 2005
I finished the cable bands for Kepler – two for the sleeves, two for the hips.
Of course, I experienced a tad bit of drama with the cable bands. I had been working from the chart and didn’t look much at the pattern. Right after I started the last cable band, I glanced over at the pattern and realized that I skipped over some directions. I was supposed to knit two seaming rows prior to binding off each band, and I failed to do that for all three of the completed bands. Oops. But I thought to myself, no problem. I can un-do the bind off, add the seaming rows, and then bind off again. A dumb mistake, but no big deal, right?
I grabbed one of the sleeve bands and ripped back a couple rows. I started re-knitting the ripped rows, but clearly something was wrong because the cables were now twisted incorrectly. Hmmm, did I pick up stitches out of order? I pulled them off the needles, ripped back some more, and started again. It was still wrong. Throughout the course of the day, I probably spent a total of two hours trying to figure out why this one cable band was so messed up. Eventually I reached my frustration limit and gave up on fixing it. I decided to go forward with knitting the last cable band. My plan was that when I reached row 10 of the pattern, I would compare it to row 10 of the messed up band currently on a stitch holder. That way I could figure out exactly what was wrong.
Guess what? There was NO way that the cable band on the holder was at row 10. Definitely, totally not. So, either I miscounted the rows when I was ripping back, or I made a mistake in the original knitting. I ripped back until this band matched row 10 of the correct band, and continued from there. And then all was good. Whew!
Now I am working on a sleeve.
Many thanks to Minna for clarifying the increase directions. Apparently I can’t read…I thought that the directions said to increase 1 stitch at the end of each RS row. That couldn’t be right because then the sleeve would be asymmetrical! Duh, the directions said to increase at each end of the RS row.
Note to self: Read the directions very carefully. Then read them again. And read them one more time before binding off!