Mr. B loves Mari Dembrow patterns. I made one for him out of a lovely, soft, s-t-r-e-t-c-h-y yarn which I tried to felt “just a bit.” It went from fitting 6’1″ him to fitting 5’2″ me. It is an olive green — not one of my faves and now Miss B wears it. I made him another.
I am now working on her Worsted Shawl Collar Jacket and it giveth me fits. I lost count long ago of the starts and restarts and the number of times I forgot to cable. The mistakes have been as the stars in the sky.
I have finished the back, the left front, and the left sleeve, and I am currently working on the right front.
I did not know that I had made a mistake on the shawl collar increases of the left side until I got to that point on the right side. The garter stitch section between the shawl collar and the cables was shrinking rather faster than had happened with the left side.
Well, I must have gotten it wrong. I have frogged it back twice and am restarting from Row 95 for the third time and it only NOW occurred to me that mayhap the error is not with the right side but with the finished left side.
A close examination of the picture showed me that I was right. As in, the right side is right and the left side is wrong.
Did I mention that the left side is already bound to the back with a three-needle bind-off and the stitches for the sleeve have been picked up and knitted down to the cuff and the entire left side seam sewn?
This morning, I divided up the stitches I knew to be correct — the 30 that had always been part of the ribbed shawl collar from the 16 stitches which were gradually (but incorrectly) added to the ribbed shawl collar plus the garter stitch section which is supposed to, apparently, disappear as the shawl collar increases.
I have laddered down to the first increase — from 30 to 32 shawl collar stitches — and am preparing to fix the error and build those two stitches back up to the neck. Then on to stitches 33 and 34, and so on. Since I can’t face more than a few of those on a daily basis, I will continue working on the right right side.
The Tweedy Vest and the Shawl Collar have brought home to me the importance of reading the directions all the way through — which Mari Dembrow nicely mentions at the top of ALL her patterns — before starting the project. I sincerely hope that I will someday do this and avoid some anguish.
I am not holding my breath.
I have actually finished my weekend sweater!!! But California’s long-awaited rain, which still falls far short of the mark, has resulted in increased humidity and, to the cats’ delight, the wool is drying slowly.