I knit the first row of the pattern after the ribbing, with the increases pretty much where they should have been. Well- they were close to where they should have been. Close enough that I didn't think it was a big deal. After all, increases in generally the right spot are fine, right?
Then I tried the next row in the chart, and things began to get off.
Knits and purls weren't where they were supposed to be. I told myself, it's just the pattern changing, it's fine.
So instead of stopping and looking, I just knit faster. Because we all know that makes things better. And right again.
After an hour and a half of knitting, more rows into the chart than I care to admit, it looked like a mess compared to the sleek, elegant look that normally evolves from a Jared Flood pattern.
Since this is indeed a gift, and I didn't want it to look like crap, I did the only thing I could do at 11 pm.
I pulled the whole thing back to the brim to start over.This time, I'm going to follow the pattern- EXACTLY as written. Which you'd think I would have done in the first place.
In other news, I quickly got past the raglan sleeves on my Lavender Cardigan, and thus commences the endless (especially with the large floppy fronts) stockinette stitch to the bottom.
I'm hoping that in the middle of the body I'll think back to this happy moment, when I enjoyed the pattern and all the promises it offered.
Oh- and another birthday for a friend has snuck up on me, so today commences a frantic search for a cute pattern that I know she'll like... and a week and a half to knit it...