read the pattern, read the pattern and then read the pattern!!!

Did I mention to read the pattern. I just finished a baby bunny blanket, that is actually a very easy pattern. But I had to back out the blanket part all the way once and start over, and then I had to back out the head part all the way and start it all over, and then on my second attempt at the head I did it wrong again!!!
Why, because I didn't read the F%#@ing pattern. I thought I knew what I was doing, I saw the first few words of the row description and I just started knitting. How wrong I was.
I'm sure most of you know this, but for those newbies like me (even though I'm at about 5 months now). I can't stress enough how important it is to read the instructions. Also, if the row is long (like mine was) and pattern changes a bit in the middle, don't read it all at first and just knit the whole row. When you get to the change, re-read it. What you thought it was a few minutes ago when you started the row could be wrong.

Lesson learned on my end.


MMario's picture

Isn't that the truth - I think we've all done it one time or another. I accidently double the number of stitches once too many times in a pattern I wrote recently - and my test knitter didn't catch it - because it "worked" at the point it occurred - However, if either of us had noticed that extra doubling - it would have saved her about 1800 yards of yarn AND a lot of time. As it was, it wasn't until she took the shawl off the circs that she noticed!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

QueerJoe's picture

As MMario wrote...I think we've all done this (and some of us continue to do it).

My current lace project was moving along swimmingly and each round of knitting was about 800 stitches...I realized with a bit of horror that I should have begun increasing about 10 rounds back. The pattern is in Japanese, which I don't read, but I should have examined the graphics a bit more carefully before plowing through.

I was able to figure out a way of correcting this by only tinking back 3 rounds, so it wasn't quite as awful as I originally feared.

Fortunately, mistakes can be an excellent way of learning new skills.

knit_knot_eat's picture

800 stitches? Are you serious? How long are your needles (keep it clean guys).

QueerJoe's picture

lol...I've been blessed with long needles...I have it on two KnitPicks Harmony 32" cable needles. You can kind of see how it bunches up here:

YarnGuy716's picture

The beauty of lace is that a whole lot of stitches can fit on your average length circular needle. When I was working on my Pi Shawl it was nearly 700 stitches on a 29" circular needle.

YarnGuy716's picture

This is what us crusty old knitters refer to as "Getting Smacked Down By The Knitting Gods." Happens to us all at times. It's why I enjoy reading The Yarn Harlot's blog. Her stories are funny and I feel normal wit hall my knitterly idiosyncrasies. (And I so had to spell-check that last word, I was barely close enough for spell-check to know what I wanted.)

Thor's picture

As my father was fond of saying... "If at first you don't succeed... Read the directions!"

albert's picture

I don't make mistakes, but occasionally "knit happens".

Nashrunner's picture

I have a friend who says it's never a mistake, its a "design element" or so she calls it. I like for my things to me just a little more like what's expected.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

The sad thing is that the design elements just don't work sometimes. --Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

scottly's picture

I've decided that tinking and froging are good for the soul. They humble us and teach us patience. I still curse a lot while experiencing all of that humility and learning all of that patience.

albert's picture

Sure, but it's humble and patient cursing.

TheKnittingMill's picture

I can't tell you how many times I've frogged because of not reading or MISreading the directions! I'm of the mind that it is a character builder. I have to say that I am a stickler for getting it right and will frog an entire project if I (and no one else) know that there's a mistake in it! I wish I could let it go!


“Now, let us all take a deep breath and
forge on into the future;
knitting at the ready.” -- E. Zimmerman

knit_knot_eat's picture

I'm ok with some mistakes, I do think they add character to the item and make it look more hand made than store bought. But this mistake was on the bunny head and as a result I was unable to stuff it. That was the kind of mistake that you really have no choice but to back out and try again.

I forget what religion it is, but there is one that feels that only gods are perfect and not humans. They put mistakes in everything they make.

albert's picture

"But this mistake was on the bunny head and as a result I was unable to stuff it"- I nominate this for quote of the week!