Third Time’s the Charm

No matter how long I knit, I make the most basic fundamental mistakes. The major difference from when I was a beginner is that I know when things are off, and either figure it out myself, or ask for help.

This past week was a reminder that the best thing about knitting is that you can rip it out and start over.

Project: Drunk Knitter’s MKAL

This is a shawl project of a certain unknown shape that is from something that someone in Game of Thrones might wear. Since I don’t watch the show, it’ doesn’t matter to me. The project is knit in brioche stitches, and uses the terminology from Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchand and since I’ve knit this scarf from the book,


I figured it wouldn’t be too bad.

The first two clues went well. Here’s what the first clue looked like:


I knit the third one and my first problem was that I ended up with 43 stitches instead of 45 at the end, which meant I had started with 43 stitches. I mean, really, I didn’t even pick up the right number of stitches. Okay. Rip it out.

I knit the indicated section the second time, and have 45 stitches at this point:


Which means starting the fourth clue should have been quite easy. As I started to knit it, though, I realized that nobody else’s projects had this quirky cross in it:


I read the fourth clue’s directions, and I was following them to perfection, so I posted on the thread on Ravelry and asked for help. Within the hour, another knitter responded by telling me that I had knit the third clue incorrectly  – I had used the wrong stitch. And she was totally right! Which meant I had to rip things out again for the third clue and start over.

Today things are looking good, I’ve reknit the third clue


and my foray into the fourth clue looks correct and I’ve ploughing through clue 5:


I hope I can finish this with the rest of the MKAL knitters. But who knows what other error I may introduce into this project? Stay tuned.

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