Ever try to cook something and find you didn’t read the recipe well enough, and end up realizing you should have allowed more time, or started a day earlier, or purchased x, y or z from the store before starting?
Everyone has had that, “Oh, ugh” feeling, and it happens with knitting “recipes” too.
My pretty Cedar Leaves Shawlette is no exception.
I knitted the shawl body in a bang up fashion recently and have been having a ball adding the leaves along the edge, but somewhere along the line I had that dreadful feeling.
Gee, the edge of this shawl is awfully curly. It’s stockinette, just how much blocking am I going to have to do to get this to lie flat?
(methiks to myself)
Well, after I added all the lovely leaves, I started poking around Ravelry looking at the other shawls people had knitted from this pattern, and wouldn’t you know, I messed up on the first six rows of the knitting. I should have knitted six rows of garter stitch, but instead I did six rows of stockinette. The directions helpfully said:
Knit six rows.
Hmmm. Well, there we are.
So I decided at lunch today to pick up all the stitches along the curly stockinette edge and knit a few rows of garter stitch. It took all of my lunch hour, less the time it took to eat half of a corned beef sandwich, to pick up the stitches and knit one row. I know it will be worth it in the end because I wasn’t about to unravel the dang thing.
Next time, Heather, read the recipe better and do a bit more research on other’s people’s photos before starting a project….