It's silly, really.
I'm knitting a baby sweater for a shower gift. The mom to be is a family friend I've known since she was 7. My oldest was her maid of honor and I knit her a garter for her wedding. The connection makes it all the more special. I started to write that this has nothing to do with the knitting, and then I thought 'maybe it does'.
For starters I have to give you interesting background on how I came to the sweater I chose. Since I want the sweater to be a surprise, I sent her mom (my friend) pictures of six sweaters. If you are on Ravelry, you can click here to see them. For those of you who are not on Ravelry: one sweater was a classic, center front cardigan, three sweaters had asymmetrical fronts and possible stripes, one was knit with variegated yarn, and one was kind of like a long blankety baby shrug.
My friend quickly responded and suggested the classic sweater, garter yoke baby cardi. I found her reasoning fascinating and it made sense. Both the mom to be and her husband are engineers and like order and symmetry.
That didn't keep me from changing it up a little bit. You know I can't leave well enough alone. I looked over all the projects knit and found this one.
The sweater is top down, no seams... a beautiful thing. Getting back to my opening paragraph, I must've cast on at least three times for the sweater. A little baby sweater!
First attempt: After setting up the markers, I found I was under a stitch. I was not going to fudge forward on a gift.
Second attempt: my cast on had a blip in it, one stitch that was larger than the rest. That won't do for a orderly people.
Third attempt: I wanted to knit using the Portuguese method which means knitting garter by purling every row. That affected what row and how I introduced the contrast color.
Seriously?! This is not the first time this kind of thing has happened. Either I read only as much as I need to, to cast on and knit the first few rows. Or, I read what I think the pattern says and get caught up short when I realize I'm not doing as the pattern instructs. Selective reading is so often the culprit.
Note to self, read the pattern before starting. Simple, yet effective.