Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Be Gentle, It's my first time
Hey everybody! Allow me to introduce to you my very first "serious" cable knitting project. I say "serious" because I've knit a hat with cabled ribs, but as far as I'm concerned, that doesn't really count!
I've had a rough start. After the first chart repeat the cable pattern looked like this;
Wha? Something was definitely amiss. I put it aside for a while and knit a swatch from the chart. Still wonky. I knit more swatches with different interpretations of the chart. I compared the chart to other charts. Having never knit cables before, the chart was not exactly second nature to me. I did however decide I was at least a good enough knitter to recognize that there was something wrong with the pattern.
The 2007/2008 collection of patterns on the Drops sight are first editions and they do warn against errors. The site had a contact to report errors so report I did. Naturally, I figured out the mistake 5 minutes before they got back to me! (It was a cross in front/cross in back mix-up if you're curious). I will say, the Drops people were very quick to get back to me and corrected the pattern on their website right away. I'm a freakin' hero!
If anything good came of the rigmarole, it was all that swatching (I had knit a gauge swatch with the yarn, but that was just in plain stockinette). It forced me to "understand" the cable, rather that just blindly following the chart. Plus, I got frustrated with the cable needle and looked up how to cable without one. I'll be a cable master in no time!