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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Buttonhole Bag

I found the "unPattern" for a Bottonhole Bag on Mason-Dixon Knitting. It's such a cool blog. I love the concept. I started the bag last night while watching The Alamo.

It started out bumpy, I could not find circulars in a length that would work and I knew I had some. Come to find out DH was using them for a project. That is one of the drawbacks to having a knitting husband, you have to share:-( Finally I got the right equipment and I started to knit. I knit the base according to the directions with no major trouble. Then I started the sides. The bottom was knit with 2 strands held together but it didn't say whether to continue like that or not.

After some debate I decided it should be single strand and off I went. I got about 3 inches up the side and changed my mind. The pattern calls for 3 skeins. Two plus a small part of the 3rd. If I made my bag single strand I would have an entire skein left over. Obviously I screwed up. So... I ripped.

Now, second try, I am back where I was when I ripped and I'm thinking everything is good. I stop there for the night and figure I can finish the bag today. I got up early with the boys and I sit down to start again. Two rounds later I glance at the pattern and something catches my eye. Back when I started the sides it said to knit one round then do a round of increases. Below that it said to repeat those TWO rounds TWO more times. Apparently the 2 two's blended together cause yep, you guessed it, I didn't knit between those rows. Looking back it looks like crap. You really can't increase on top of increases. Maybe it was the movie but I'm suckin' here. So... I ripped.

I've got a double strand, I'm knitting a row between my increases and I'm caught back up with where I last ripped from. So far so good. I can't tell you how stupid I feel. One thing I have learned is that no matter how good you think you are at reading patterns, you actually have to read it. There are differences in writing style that can throw you off when you think you know more than the person that wrote it. Ok, I learned my lesson, enough already!

This is my "3rd time is a charm" progress.

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At Sunday, April 10, 2005 4:42:00 PM, Blogger Lynette said...

looks good so far. i messed up with the increases when knitting my first bag. i'm on my third now!

At Tuesday, April 12, 2005 12:17:00 AM, Blogger renee said...

I learned the exact same lesson myself on my Mariah sweater. The designer pointed out that I had made a mistake and even told me which row I made the mistake on. But I thought I knew more than she did and re-knit from another row and after I finished that, I realized she was right and I had coded the chart wrong. Lesson learned!


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