What's the rule - You get what you pay for? Well, I'm delighted to share that I experienced an exception, and found a silver lining behind an otherwise mediocre freebie. An exception that put a smile on my face, and gave me a new sense of confidence and pride in my knitting.
It all started with Knitted Wit's 1st Herstory release in January - Marie Curry inspired "Radioactive Rainbow." My daughter Hanna thought the color simply beautiful, and asked me to make new granddaughter Rosalie a sweater. How could I say no?! So off to my laptop and a Ravelry search for the perfect pattern to show off that absolutely wacky, wild colored Victory Fingering. After not too long, I came across the perfect design. A pullover with side plackets at the front of the yoke with two tiny buttons. Top down, stockinette, and free. Woohoo! And it kinda fit the thesis, with several stripes in a particular mathematical sequence. Science, in keeping with the Herstory STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) theme. Pink stripes and rainbows for Rosie Toes!
With Crawl required knitting behind me, I gathered my needles and got to work. Started in on the yoke increases, and was humming along. Counts were lining up, the colors were coming together. Beautiful! Then . . . confusion. The designer was asking me to do something that just didn't work. The stitches she said would be knit 1st were at the other end of the needle. And the established increase pattern was not the same, adding make ones in a place where they didn't line up with the previous ones. Back to Ravelry to check if there was an Errata message. Not a one; only a comment from another knitter, complaining that this was a very confusing pattern. Oh oh! The old adage - you get what you pay for (in this case error riddled for free) - was playing out.
Here's the silver lining. Light bulb moment. The 'hot damn' that put that smile on my face. I was able to read my knitting, know where the increases needed to be, what the end product would look like, and re-write the pattern! WOW! So accomplished. So proud of myself. I really have arrived as a knitter. Or at least with a fairly basic stockinette sweater for a tiny baby. But hey, take the wins where you can find them.
I've finished the yoke, joined the plackets, and am humming along, knitting around and around and around without a care. Fingers crossed that I'll be as insightful and successful when I hit the point to divide for the sleeves. 'Cause you just know that there'll be yet another conundrum in figuring out what the heck this knitwear designer really means. I'm up for the challenge.