This pattern is kicking my butt. I'm trying to knit this Patchwork Textured Vest for my Mom. It is my very first attempt at knitting a shaped garment and it is proving to be more of a challenge than I ever imagined it would be. I chose this vest for two reasons. The main reason is that it met all of Mom's criteria. The second reason is because it looked like a relatively easy pattern to follow. I must be extremely dense because I cannot even finish this simple pattern.
I had finished the Back and Left Front sections of the vest a little while back. I started the Right Front section and set it aside for a while, but managed to pick it up again during my trip to Monterey. I was moving right along and thought I was ready to bind off. Then I noticed the little note on the side where I wrote "22 sts". Ok, I clearly had more than that on my needles. I had 42 stitches! Ok, what happened here?!
The photo above shows the Right Front section where I was ready to bind off. I hadn't really looked at the piece last night, but after laying it out to take this photo I can clearly see that it lacks the shaping it should have. It is so obvious when you compare it to the photo of the Left Front section. This piece is too rectangular. What went wrong?
The photo above shows the last row before bind off. Yup, definitely more than 22 stitches.
I know I cast on 47 stitches when I started this Right Front section. I somehow only managed to decrease 5 stitches in the shaping section. I clearly could not follow instructions. I think I was too focused on following the 4-row repeat of the block patterns, and forgot I needed to do some sort of decrease every 2 or 4 rows. I also noticed that I didn't even do the "bind off 7" that begins the shaping section. Sigh...
If I had to guess, I'd say I just knit the first 24 rows of the shaping section without any decreases, and only applied the 5 decreases in the last 20 rows.
I took a slightly smaller 4.0 mm (US6) needle to work a lifeline through a row below where the shaping section begins. You can read about lifelines on Knitty. I will rip back to this point and start the shaping section again. Hopefully my forehead will have healed (from banging my head against the desk) by the time I hit my next snag...
Any bets on when I will actually finish this vest?