Reading patterns is my nemesis. I don’t think I have ever knitting something from a pattern (not a guideline as in knit this for a bunch of inches in this stitch pattern) without completely failing in reading.
I am a smart person. I have several degrees that tell me so, but still I can’t read a pattern.
Let’s just bring up Evil Pink Vest and get it out of the way. It was a complete and epic failure in the reading category. I am sure I wouldn’t have hated it so much if I had done it right the first time or even the second time. But alas, me and reading patterns do not get along.
I know everyone is smarter than me… so you probably see where this setting up is going.
Sunday night I was working on the Audrey Hepburn Cardigan (which I am going to be shocked if it fits – but that’s another story all in itself). Cruising along in my cables and lace. Getting ready to do the shaping for the arms and read the directions. You know to make sure I don’t mess things up.
“BO 6 (8, 8, 9, 10) sts at beg of next WS row—49 (56, 63, 72, 80)
sts rem. BO 2 sts at beg of next 0 (0, 2, 3, 4) WS rows, then dec
1 st at end of next 5 (7, 5, 5, 5) RS rows—44 (49, 54, 61, 67) sts
Those are the directions for the shaping. I know where a sleeve is. I already had to redo the front because I put the selvage stitch at the wrong end. So I decrease my 8 stitches and STARE at the directions for a good hour. How on earth am I suppose to decrease on the right side of the work – that’s not the sleeve edge. I even began posting this to my SnB’s ravelry page. Then I read the directions again. Decrease at the END of the row, not the beginning. You know decrease where the sleeve is going to be. GENIUS I tell you. I am just disappointed in how long it took me to get that. At least this time I caught my inability to read before i had to frog a few inches of knitting.
One day….pattern…one day.
Now I am off to cast on the left front piece. Casting on… oh those words are music to my ears.