I can’t remember a project where I had to re-do so many rows. The fault is definitely not with the pattern directions. Every time, once I paid attention, I discovered that I hadn’t followed the directions, hadn’t counted correctly—pick your human error issue, I did it.
I generally have two responses when I find myself in these situations. First, I get disgusted. Not with the yarn or directions; with myself. I consider myself a skilled knitter, and a skilled knitter should not make silly mistakes.
Second, I wise up and go find the stitch markers. Really, why does it take me a dozen rows to get to this second response? There is no stigma associated with stitch markers. Not one of you would look down on me for using stitch markers, would you? Once I put them in, my whole knitting experience become more enjoyable. I made almost no mistakes. I didn’t have to peer at my stitches with a scowl on my face. Why do I deny myself this knitting bliss?
Pride. Stupid, dumb pride. If I am honest with myself, I think I’m better than stitch markers. But the honest truth is that I am better WITH stitch markers.
I am in love with the brilliant undulations of this cowl. You could make it in a solid, but the color progression only enhances the best characteristics of this piece. Take a strength and make it better—that’s the hallmark of a really stunning pattern. I can hardly wait to add the third color next.