Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: Flaherty With a Bit of Flair
My Flaherty has flair…at least that’s my official position. In reality, I royally flubbed this project. And I didn’t notice my mistakes until I was 14 inches and several months in.
I fell in love with this design the day I saw the sample. Here’s a picture of me modeling it just minutes after we pulled it out of the box.
I had to wait two whole months to cast on. I got the rough instructions in late April and worked on it a few rows at a time, while also doing several knit-alongs. I decided to knit it as one piece, which is where the trouble started.
First mistake: I tend to get confused about which front is the left and which is the right. I set up the pattern stitch incorrectly, which then complicated the decreases for shaping.
Second mistake: I apparently stopped paying attention to the chart and did all garter stitch instead of alternating between garter and stockinette.
Knowing how much time it would take to frog and how bad that would be for the beautiful Blackstone Tweed yarn, I decided to stay the course. I put it away for a few months, but I think I’m up to the challenge now. Of course, the problem with unintentionally changing the pattern is trying to remember how you unintentionally changed the pattern several months after the fact!
I can’t promise that I’ll love the finished sweater as much as the flawless Flaherty I first tried on, but as long as it turns out to be wearable, I think I’ll eventually appreciate its flair!
Would you fight to save a troubled WIP or do you prefer to start from scratch?