|first line of pattern|
I knitted my first row of pattern, while watching Con Air (I'd forgotten how dreadful a film it was). I got to the end of the row and had four too many stitches, which puzzled me for a moment. I shrugged philosophically and knitted them together so I had the right amount of stitches, then I carried on with my second row. And then half way round the row I noticed my first mistake, inevitably. I'm blaming the film for the lack of concentration. Normally I would just drop the stitches down and pick them back up and fix the mistake. Of course I didn't know how to do that in Fair Isle so I dutifully unpicked the second row, and half the first row, fixing the mistake.
|the first mistake|
Then I continued on my merry way to the end of the first row,and what do you know, I had even more stitches left over than before. At this point I smelt a rat. Had I started the pattern in the wrong place, or cast on too many stitches perhaps? I double checked my cast on stitches (easy with a colourful 2 x 2 rib at least) and that was OK. Then I re-read the instructions for the first line of pattern, which is an increase line...yes, I was supposed to increase every 15 stitches as I knitted the first line. So I unpicked it again, breathing deeply and thinking calming thoughts. The last time I got it right. It took me 2 hours of really awful film to knit two lines. On the plus side....no there really isn't a plus side.
The moral of the story? Double check the pattern every time you start a new bit, and keep reminding yourself you do it because you love it!
|the second unpick|