Moose Eh!'s ribbing is giving me grief! 230 - or thereabouts - stitches for each row. 26 full and 12 short rows. Lots of knitting. Sunday night, I was a couple of rows from casting off when I quit for the evening.
At that point, only the shoulders were seamed, but I couldn't resist a quick try-on. Horrors! Two horrors, actually. The buttonholes were on the wrong side. Despite being a mild feminist, a women of the seventies, I nonetheless like my buttonholes on the right hand side. Moose Eh!'s buttonholes were on the left. I re-read the pattern. Yep, I had done them as instructed. Now why would they write a pattern like that? A re-knit was in order. Dang!
Once that shock subsided, I turned the wide ribbing back between the markers to form the shawl collar. Double Dang!! Of course! There are three colours in the ribbing. Each used more than once. I had been careful, every time the colour changed, to work knit-only stitches in the first row of the colour change. The trick of working knit-only stitches, on that first row, prevents the purl bumps of the different colour from showing on the right side of the work. A much nicer look IMHO! My work looked marvellous on the right side. But when folded back between the markers, what showed of course, was the wrong side.
Now, there was never any mention in the pattern of switching from right-side knitting to wrong-side knitting between markers to keep the public side of the sweater neat and tidy. But there should have been. Again, I was reminded that when I knit from a pattern, my brain stops functioning. Designers only have so much room on a one, or few-page, pattern. They do presume that the knitter knows something. But this knitter presumes that the designer has worked out all the bugs and my brain turns off.
Ripped again. Second - or is it third - time through, I am knitting right-side rows on the right side before and after the markers and wrong-side rows between the markers. Then on the wrong side, wrong-side rows before and after the markers and right-side rows between the markers. Get it?
Disappointed, but rare the cloud though that doesn't sport a silver lining. I am delightedly happy with the great job I did picking up the stitches for this gall-darn ribbing!