Yeah, they certainly can be annoying. But errors in knitting patterns are a very common occurrence.
I think it is terribly hard to write a pattern that is completely non-ambiguous to at least some people and totally error-free. But I found this pattern (for the short-sleeve cardi) particularly irritating because of the multiple discrepancies in it.
Several of you commented that you had contacted Vogue Knitting in the past with errata and have never heard back from them. I will let them know about the problems I found in the pattern, but I certainly am not expecting any response from them.
Speaking of the cardi . . .
. . . I finished it.
It’s pinned shut. I still need to add buttons. I’ve ordered some deer horn buttons, which should arrive in a couple of days.
When I had the body pieces done, Friday night, I decided to join the shoulders and knit the bands before starting the sleeves. Picking up 223 stitches in aran weight cotton is not my idea of a good time, but I got it done and I’m happy with it. I knitted the sleeves yesterday and assembled it last night. Happily, I found no pattern errors or ambiguities with the sleeves. Once again, seaming aran weight cotton was not a lot of fun, but I’m pleased with how the cardi turned out. I mattress-stitched throughout.
It took exactly 10 skeins of the GGH Big Easy — almost 200 yards less than the pattern called for. I’m betting you could make this cardi with 10 skeins of Rowan All Seasons Cotton. That was my first choice for the pattern, actually, but I only have 10 skeins of any one color of ASC and I didn’t think it would be enough.
I do like the way the cardi looks, but I don’t think I’ll be knitting it again. I don’t particularly enjoy knitting with cotton, and this was really tough on my hands.
Those of you who guessed that the cast-on I used for my sock was the Turkish cast-on were correct. Yes, I still think it is fiddly. Yes, it makes me cranky. But I will admit that it does make a nice toe.
I’m having a tough time with this. When I finished Kiri, I was scrambling around, looking for a another project to knit, because I had nothing in mind. I’m usually thinking about my next project by the time I’m halfway through my current one. I picked up Vogue Knitting, flipped through it, and remembered that I liked the little cardi, so cast on for that. I came very close to abandoning it before I had much more than an inch done, but since I had nothing else in mind, I continued to knit.
I started to panic when the end was in sight for this project. It was a very quick knit. I called L-B on Friday and whined into the phone “L-Beeeeeeeeeeeee! I don’t know what to knit next. What shall I knit neeeeeeeeeeeext?” L-B, Queen of the UFOs, was surprisingly unsympathetic.
Do I want to be knitting a fair isle in wool? You know, because we are about to hit high summer. I’m thinking . . . no.
I did start something new, but I’ll talk about it tomorrow.
My Daddy’s lap is my very favorite place to nap!