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January 10, 2005

Bad Pattern. No Donuts for You!

I got Last Minute Knitted Gifts before Christmas, but didn't get around to trying any of the patterns until this weekend. I'm at another one of those periods in my life where babies are popping up like crazy among my friends, so I thought I'd try the Child's Placket-Neck Pullover.

The pattern call's for Koigu's Kersti, but I opted to go with Debbie Bliss Merino DK instead. I cast on Thursday evening, and made good progress over the next day or so. Until I reached the sleeves.

There is bad-ness in this pattern, friends. Lots of it. I spare you the details, but if you are struggling with this pattern I will tell you this: (1) if it seems weird to you that all of the raglan decreases are after the markers, you're right (should be: SKK, marker, K1, K2tog), and (2) you're not losing your mind, the pattern really doesn't ever tell you what to do with those 32 (total) underarm stitches that are still on stitch holders (solution: graft them using kitchener stitch).

I assumed that since the book was published in October 2004 that there would be no errata information out there yet. Oh, how I underestimate the Internet! I could have saved myself a hours of frustration with a simple Google search. So despite the fact that the pattern in the book is infested with bad-ness, I give credit to the author for posting corrections in a timely manner.

I finished the sweater late Saturday night, and blocked it on Sunday. All that's left is sewing on buttons. It's really a very sweet sweater, so I suppose all's well that ends well.


Posted by shannon at January 10, 2005 11:29 AM | For related posts: Purple Placket Sweater


Another cute as you-know-what baby knit!

Posted by: Colleen at January 10, 2005 12:52 PM

Awwww, it's very pretty! Great job conquering the pattern. Way to hang in there!

Posted by: alison at January 11, 2005 10:09 AM

it is indeed a cute sweater which ended up taking me more than the 6-8 hour time frame that the book said...of course that's because i had to rip it out after i was almost through with the yoke...when i first noticed that raglan decreases were in the wrong place...so, like you, i went to the web and found the correctsions...the many corrections at: http://store.purlsoho.com/purl/book_corrections

Posted by: lisa b at January 11, 2005 2:30 PM

Lisa, unfortunately I didn't find the corrections I linked to until after I finished. D'oh! But yeah, 6-8 hours? I don't think so.

Posted by: Shannon at January 11, 2005 3:51 PM

hi there. last minute knitted gifts has a lot of errors. a beautiful book to look at but from what i've read, proofreading of patterns wasn't up to snuff. that sweater is very cute though.

Posted by: maryse at January 14, 2005 1:24 PM