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pinecone70
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USA
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  4:53:39 PM  Show Profile Send pinecone70 a Private Message
I finished an entire raglan sleeve for my cardigan and then realized I missed an entire repeat of the pattern. Very disappointed in the way patterns are written, with all the cryptic increases and *2(0,4,4,3)* format! I suppose my attention span is also to blame?

I've managed to find three positive things about this situation:
1) the yarn is Cotton Fleece, which has no memory of being completely unravelled
2) the unravelling was done in two seconds on my ball-winder
3) I suppose this project will now take me through the weekend, during which I had no previous activities planned and would be pondering a new project.

So, as you can see, all is not lost. I am so frustrated that I think I will just retype all the patterns I use in the future, with appropriate sizes. At least that way I will have proofread the instructions so I can note those annoying little things I discover after the fact.
GRR...

minh
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USA
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  7:07:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message
I understand your frustration! For sweaters or patterns that require repeats, I like to copy the pattern so that I can scribble on it and highlight the instructions for my size. I also keep a notepad with the repeats or increase/decrease rows marked with arrows that I check as I get to them (I have many WIP so I need to keep track of where I stopped...)

--Minh
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abt1950
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  8:15:27 PM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message
Somewhere I've got one of those peg things that lets you keep track of rows, increases, pattern repeats all at the same time. You're great as long as you remember to move the pegs and the pegs don't fall out, which has happened on more than one occasion.

Anne

Knit long and prosper
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ozknitter
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Posted - 07/27/2006 :  10:51:10 PM  Show Profile Send ozknitter a Private Message
Hi,

I also find it easier if your knit both sleeves at the same time, as then it is easier to fix up and you don't have to frog the whole thing out.

Just a thought.

Knit in peace and harmony.


Rose in Melbourne, Australia.
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gwtreece
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Posted - 07/28/2006 :  05:14:11 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
I'm like Rose, I like to knit both sleeves at the same time. I also copy the page or rewrite just the pattern with only my pattern size on it.

Wanda
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CraftyGrammy
Chatty Knitter

USA
194 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2006 :  06:40:32 AM  Show Profile Send CraftyGrammy a Private Message
I also always knit both sleeves at the same time. Why I never thought to copy the instructions and mark my size, I will never know. "Duh"............. I usually use the large post it paper and stick it to my pattern booklet to keep track.

CraftyGrammy
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Atavistic
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Posted - 07/28/2006 :  06:49:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
This is why when I wrote my newest pattern, I did it in a vertical format. SO much easier to read!

Amanda Takes Off... and
Amanda Knits

Only you can decide how tongue in cheek I am.
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pinecone70
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USA
393 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2006 :  07:04:25 AM  Show Profile Send pinecone70 a Private Message
I'm just glad I only had one sleeve to dissolve back into a yarn ball. Happily, the new sleeve is on the needles, two inches long already. I wrote the instructions out in a notebook the way I would have them written to begin with, then I mark incs/decs off with hash marks. I would have charted it all out, but just want to knit more than chart. These are wide sleeves and I don't use circular needles unless I absolutely have to (air travel is a good example) because I loathe them. It's all sort of a blessing in disguise, since I'll be trapped indoors all weekend as it's supposed to soar above 100F in MN.
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Expat2
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Canada
459 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2006 :  07:45:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit Expat2's Homepage Send Expat2 a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by abt1950

Somewhere I've got one of those peg things that lets you keep track of rows, increases, pattern repeats all at the same time. You're great as long as you remember to move the pegs and the pegs don't fall out, which has happened on more than one occasion.

Anne

Knit long and prosper



I had one of those once. Turned out to be really annoying with pegs falling out etc.

Funny thing was when I was using it BIL asked about it and I commented it was like a cribbage board. Turns out that he was the only one in the family his mother never taught how to play cribbage.
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elizh
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Posted - 07/28/2006 :  6:24:36 PM  Show Profile Send elizh a Private Message
I've found that it's easier for me to mark the increases ON THE GARMENT with one of those Clover plastic safety pin markers. It makes it eaasier to sew up the sleeve seam too, simply by maching the increase points.
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pinecone70
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USA
393 Posts

Posted - 07/30/2006 :  5:42:34 PM  Show Profile Send pinecone70 a Private Message
Well, that didn't go very well.
I ended up winding the entire cardigan back into yarn and I feel pretty good about it. I think perhaps I will use my imagination and design my own sweater now. Didn't like the neck shape after all, it would be constantly falling off my shoulders!
Things I've learned:
*Yes! My Clover safety pin type-markers are excellent for marking increases.
*I will be rewriting all patterns from now on, especially pesky magazine patterns that have 'reverse shaping for other side' written in them.
*Patterned raglan sleeves flatter not.
*I will invest in Cotton Fleece again, since it looks like new again and nobody would ever know I used it and unwound it again!
*Am tempted to drill some holes in a piece of wood to develop a pegboard type of row marker, to be used with Post-Its for interchangable pattern fun.
*It's a good thing I have a sense of humor.
It is a very good thing I haven't had to go outside at all, it's a hundred degrees out there.
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SheBer
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USA
421 Posts

Posted - 07/30/2006 :  6:57:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit SheBer's Homepage Send SheBer a Private Message
You also have a great attitude. I think I'd be stewing that I was re-doing instead of contemplating the new project. Good for you!

SheBer
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