Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chart fail? Edit: Nope, my bad.

Let it be known: I don't feel comfortable knitting from charts most of the time.  Any chance for written-out instructions, I will take it, as I thought was the case for Punkin's baptismal bonnet...
Bonnet by DROPS Design

The pattern begins as follows (with all unnecessary sizing instructions removed):
LOOSELY cast on 87 sts (includes 1 edge st each side). Work 4 rows garter st. Work next row as follows from RS: 1 edge st in garter st, M.1 on the next 85 sts, and 1 edge st. Continue like this until piece measures 11 cm [4 3/8”].

Easy enough, right?  So I cast on, work the first four rows, knit the edge stitch of the fifth row, then m1 (-ahem- the increase "make one") in each stitch... for a little bit... this doesn't seem... right.  It can't be right.

Guess what?  It's not right.

Guess what (not a question): the chart for the wave pattern has been named -ahem- M.1:
Explanation to pattern diagram
=K from RS, P from WS
=P from RS, K from WS
=K2 tog
=1 YO between 2 sts

Okay, so, it's a chart!  I am able to read charts (thanks to these helpful instructions from, I just don't like it.  To read a knitting chart, one begins at the lower right corner and travels to the left of the row, then straight up to the next row and to the right -- AKA follow the arrows:
Sometimes a chart will only include the odd rows, and there will be instructions to "purl all even rows" or something like that... but in the absence of further clarification, that's how it works.

Here's my interpretation of chart M.1:
row 1 (RS): knit all stitches
row 2 (WS): knit all stitches (creating a purl ridge on RS of work)
row 3: knit all stitches
row 4: purl all stitches
row 5: k2tog three times, *yo, k1; rep from * 4 times [5 times total], yo, k2tog three times
row 6: purl all stitches
rinse, repeat.

Seems cool, right?  Well, the DROPS site also includes an instructional video about the general wave pattern that states:
1st row (RS): K2 tog 3 times, yo, K1, yo, K1, yo, K1, yo, K1, yo, K1, yo, K2 tog 3 times.
2nd row (WS: K all sts (they will be purled seen from RS)
3rd row: K all sts
4th row: P all sts

That's different!  Similar, but different!  Why is this a big deal?  Because I didn't trust my chart reading.  I started knitting the general wave from the video, not the wave specified in the pattern chart.  In fact, I started this post peeved about the chart and how incorrect it is, with its extra rows and top left-to-bottom right reading.  But NO!  It's right!  I just didn't trust myself enough to actually do it, which led me to find written instructions for something else entirely.  -sigh-  So it's my mistake.  And here I thought I was so clever.

Here's what I've got so far:
failure? or secretly genius?

The waves are clearly skinnier on my WIP.  But if I continue for the length stated in the pattern (11 cm), won't it turn out alright?  I'll just need to have more pattern repeats, since the wave I'm knitting takes up four rows instead of six.

I'm reeeeally trying to avoid ripping this out.  There's only so much white cotton I can take at this point.

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