Kitty Knits

November 27, 2005

She Loves It, She Loves It Not...

She loves it! My Scarf Me! pal in Athens, GA dropped me a line to let me know that she loves her new scarf AND that it's going with her to NY! I'm feeling warm and fuzzy :) Even if I don't receive a scarf of my own (which I haven't to date), the Scarf Me! knit along gave me yet another good excuse to get my knit on! "Good excuses to knit are like chilled shots of Smirnoff Orange Twist...you can never have too many."

The navy sweater with cable raglans continues...with pattern errata. So, I went to the Debbie Bliss website and got this:

SWEATER WITH CABLE RAGLANS

SLEEVES
After Shape armhole and before Shape raglans the amount of sts should be 40(44:48:52) sts.
After Shape raglans the instructions should read:Rep the last 4 rows until 20(22:24:26) sts rem, ending with a wrong side row.

Damn. I caught the first error because...I can count! I also caught another error that is not listed (ie. Sleeves: Inc row should read "K2, m1, k to last 2 sts, m1, k2"). However, I didn't catch the last row error and have been knitting along repeating the last two rows per the original instructions. What's more, I think that by knitting the last 4 rows more than 20 times with the sleeve already being more than 3/4 of the way up my arm (including the rolled cuff), which is how many it's going to take in order for me to end with 24 sts, my sleeves will be A BIT LONG, don't you think?!?! The sleeve seam measurement with the cuff turned back is 19". I can't figure out if they meant to just change the "ending with a wrong side row" and then leave the "repeat the last 2 rows" or change the row repeat too! Is there errata in the errata? I guess that I will try the 4 row repeat and see what I end up with. Blah.

On that note, can I just vent for a minute? With the exception of the row repeat, the cross eyed village idiot who isn't even knitting the sweater could have picked up on the errors in this pattern! By simply reading the pattern, the editors of this book should have noticed that the math didn't quite jive or that you can't very well start with a knit row if you just finished one (ie. when you go to knit the collar and notice that the instructions start with K1, K2 tog and you've just ended both of your sleeves on a right side row). And now...I frog because the website wasn't updated with the pattern errata when I started the sweater (leaving me to assume that the pattern might actually be accurate since the book was published several YEARS ago). Debbie, while I love your patterns and yarn, your pattern editors and/or test knitters are morons who need a swift lesson in proofing (being that that is their job and all). In need of evidence? Check out the long list of pattern errata on your website.

I think that my SP spoiler summed up how I feel about having to fix my sleeves when she said, "Knitting [these fingerless mits] is driving me to drink."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Your Scarf Pal :) said...

Hi hi! I'm your Secret Scarf Pal from the merry old land of Canada! I sent your scarf out on November 19th, and it obviously hasn't arrived yet. And this has me a little worried. When (if) it arrives, please send me an e-mail and let me know! I really want to make sure that the lovely makes its way to its rightful owner as opposed to being confiscated by homeland security. :) *HUGZ*

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Your Scarf Pal :) said...

Sorry! I just realized I forgot to leave an e-mail... oops. You can find me at I underscore heart underscore socks at hotmail dot com

I hope your scarf arrives safely (and soon!!)

4:33 PM  

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