Tuesday, June 02, 2009
One of those patterns . . .
I am having some real issues with Cable Down Raglan. First, when I started it the first time, the raglan increases called for in the pattern were not symmetrical. With all the increase options available, I found it unacceptable that the raglan seams looked so lopsided.
So I frogged it and started over, using my own increases at the raglans, which make me much happier.
However, as I progressed, I had some niggling doubts about the way the neckline was looking. Specifically the transition from the rolled reverse stockinette collar to the cable pattern. Following the original magazine's directions, there is no definition between the rolled color and the reverse stockinette background of the cables.
When you look at the picture in the magazine, there is a definite demarcation between the collar and the body of the sweater.
So I decided to check the Errata section of the Interweave Knits website. Lo and behold, the raglan increases were incorrect in the original pattern and that is why mine were not symmetrical. Had I had the foresight to check for corrections before I even began the sweater, I wouldn't have needed to frog it the first time.
However, there was no correction for the collar transition.
Utterly frustrated, I decided to read the rest of the pattern.
I found that they added two rounds of knitting stitches between the body pattern and the lower trim edging. This instruction is not included on the neckline instructions but obviously were used in the sample they photographed.
Had I followed two of the cardinal rules of knitting (read the entire pattern and check for Errata before beginning), I would have saved myself a lot of time and frustration.
While I have decided to leave the neckline alone for now, and finish the rest of the body, I will cut the neckline off and re-knit it back on the way I think it should be - eventually.
However, since my knitting mojo has decided to take a (hopefully) short vacation, I plan to spend some time working on this project for now.
Cable Down Raglan project is going to sit in the corner and think about its failure to play nice and be pleasant.