Bring on the elephants!


I was knitting my little fingers to the bone on the Ellybob Cardigan when I came upon some number issues in the pattern. I wrote to the author (Marie Mickiewicz) and it turns out that I missed two stitches in the armpits, but the final count that was printed in the pattern was still incorrect. It had 149 stitches written at that point, but should have had 154.

Well, something was still nagging at me, so I went ahead and added up the increases for the rest of the cardigan, and the numbers definitely didn’t match what was written in the pattern. I wrote her back. She came out with an updated version of the pattern within about an hour and a half. That’s pretty freaking awesome. I know I could have probably figured it out, but it’s so nice to just have the numbers written down to be able to check yourself (before you wreck yourself).

One more thing that throws me about the pattern is that the chart says it should be read from top to bottom, left to right. I will just turn them upside down to make them make sense for my brain, because I’m used to reading right to left, bottom to top for fair isle charts. It isn’t mentioned in the pattern, but since this is back and forth fair isle, rather than in the round, it will be necessary to read the charts from right to left on the purled rows (or left to right if you’re turning them upside down).

The pattern is adorable. I’m really happy about Marie’s quick response and fixes. I’ve made pattern errors myself when writing things. I think I made 3 different errors on the heel flap for EarlybirdΒ even though I made little test knit heel flaps for each size. Mistakes happen, but it’s wonderful when they’re fixed and your brain can go “Ahhhhhhhhh” again.

Back to knitting.

13 thoughts on “Bring on the elephants!

  1. So great that she got back to you so quickly! It’s so stressful when the numbers aren’t adding up. Other than that, it looks beautiful! And the color you’re using is amazing. What yarn is that?!

    • It’s Colinette Jitterbug in Velvet Olive. My accent will be Shibui Sock in a green color (#5677). Jitterbug is one of my favorite fingering weight yarns. I’ve used it for about 9 projects and still have some stashed!

  2. Hi Cassy – Thanks so much for the info on this pattern! I saw your post about it the other day and immediately knew it would be what I knit for my niece’s birthday in a month. It’s great to hear that the designer is so quick to reply…I’m sure I’ll have a question or two for her. πŸ˜‰

    Can’t wait to hear how yours turns out!

  3. I love this. The first colour is already so beautiful …

    It’s so nice that she came up with an updated version so uiclly! I once wrote someone because some numbers didn’t show up correctly and the answer was a bit … yeah … offended? I don’t know (I HAD asked politely), but then, on the other hand, you never know what kind of day the other person is having. πŸ˜‰

    Right on with the elephants! πŸ˜€

  4. the color is awesome! I’ve been in a dark green/teal phase lately, and I can’t seem to escape it. have fun with your elephants. ^^

  5. What an awesome designer! I love your yarn bowl…I have long lusted after a yarn bowl, even though I am almost never knitting at home, where it would be practical!

  6. Nothing like responsiveness to make you like someone even more!
    I’m impressed you were sure about your stitch count – any time I count above 100 my eyes start to water and I miscount. Need stronger glasses….

    • When I have a bunch of markers, like in this project, I count each section and then just add them up to make it easier. Then I can also make sure my fronts and sleeves are matching up. Otherwise, I sometimes put in stitch markers every 50 sts to keep myself from losing track.

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