Tuesday, July 28, 2015


With the first sleeve of Sherlock done, I thought I'd take a little break for a day or two and work on something else (probably helped along by the fact that we are in the middle of a wicked heat wave, and the thought of a long-sleeve wool cardigan just isn't getting me too excited.)

So I decided to pick up April Come She May again. I put a few more rows on it and discovered something disappointing.  The pattern is only half done. The sleeve chart only goes to row 41 - but the raglan shaping actually continues on to Row 76. The only instructions are "Continues working rows 1 and 2 up to row 76".

But it's not that easy - placement of the flowers changes because of the increase of the raglan. So you can't just repeat those two rows without some serious forethought.

I sat down Sunday night and charted the remainder out
I'll have to create another chart for the sleeve after the increasing stops too, because there's no chart for the sleeve with decreases.

If I'd paid for this pattern, I'd be annoyed (I got it when it was offered on a free promo). If I wasn't a designer, or a less experienced knitter, I'd be really ticked off. Unless you have a decent amount of experience with charting and top down construction, it would be pretty darn hard to figure out. So a word of warning if this is in your queue - knitter beware!


kathy b said...

The warning is helpful. I need very serious instructions with few errata. I am not an intuitive knitter.
Im taking a break too and going to work on some baby booties.

Nancy Kay said...

Yikes. Major hiccup! At least with your experience you could carry on... That would have been a headache for me!!

Araignee said...

I HATE when that happens in a pattern. I had that issue with the Lillehammer sweater.The sleeve decreases were not charted out in Fair Isle so I had to figure out how to stay in pattern while losing my stitches. It was a nightmare.

Judy S. said...

I agree; it makes me crazy when a pattern has errors, especially if I paid for it. Don't like knots in my yarn either. That does look like a pretty shawl though. Glad you figured it out and glad I found your blog!

Rachelle said...

Thanks for the warning, I will also have to do this when I get to it in my queue. I'm sure the brain will kick in, it usually does even if I don't expect it to