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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Today is the First Day of School!

And I hope Caleb follows directions better than I do!

Last week I got quite a bit of work done on the Basic Chic Hoodie with stripes. In fact, I got so much knitting done that I had actually finished the body and bound it off. Then I went to start the sleeves Saturday afternoon. I was very excited to start the sleeves because this hoodie just seemed to be flying off the needles (I am very amused by the stripes). So I started reading the directions and read something funny. According to the directions, I was supposed to be picking up X number of stitches that I had cast on at the underarm area when I put the sleeve stitches on a holder while I worked the body. I had cast on stitches in the underarm, but I had only cast on half of X. I double checked the directions and sure enough, there it was: cast on 1/2 X number of stitches, place marker, cast on 1/2 X number of stitches. I had only read the first part. The body of my hoodie was about 2-1/2 inches smaller than it was supposed to be. This was not the way I wanted it to fit. I tried it on, I mumbled about it, I thought about it, I wondered what could be done. Mickael pointed out that I could either fix it or throw it out, but at that point I had already fallen in love with the stripes and I really wanted to wear it. If I had just kept it the way it was, it wouldn't fit the way I had imagined and I wouldn't ever be happy with it.

After much fussing and trying to get around it, I frogged the hoodie back to the armpits, cast on the RIGHT number of stitches this time and now I'm re-knitting the body. Here's where I am. I hope I've learned my lesson and will read the directions properly now.




Anonymous Robby said...

Sorry for your troubles. I would have spent time equal to fixing it trying to figure out a way around it, I'm sure. Couldn't you have fixed the problem with those nice flappy dolman sleeves that were so popular around the time that orange was the 'it' color? ;^)

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, know that feeling... just had to deal with it this morning myself... except I wrote the directions, and made an error!!!

Love the stripies! Now I can see what you were going on about! Can't wait to see it finished!!! (Will you be modeling so we can see the fit?)

1:17 PM  
Blogger Knittripps said...

Sometimes I don't read as closely as I should.

7:37 PM  

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