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myrnapap
12-22-2007, 12:59 PM
Which forum is the place to ask for help with errors in a book I've just bought? One Skein Wonders.

knitncook
12-22-2007, 01:10 PM
Erros you've made or errors in the book? If there are errors in the book you can always write to the publisher or check on the publisher's website to see if they offer an erratta on the pattern. If it is a problem you are having with the pattern here or over in pattern central is a good place to go. Sometimes it looks like an error (both in the book an in your knitting) but once you work more of the pattern it works out like it is supposed to!

myrnapap
12-22-2007, 01:16 PM
I did find a list of errors on the internet but it didn't include the pattern I am having trouble with. On one site, several knitters complained about the number of errors in the book so I know I'm not the only one. One Skein Wonders - Honey Tangerine Scarf. Cast on 37. The first row is a Scallop row. I just can't get it to come out the way they say. I tried knitting it and I tried on paper. If one of you says it works, then I know it's me making a mistake.

Scallop Row: *P2, cast on 1 with backward loop cast on, bind off the next 3 stitches; repeat from * to last stitch, P1. You now have 24 stitches.

No matter what I do, I don't get 24 stitches and/or I don't have only 1 stitch at the end.

Hoping someone can help!

gingerbread
12-22-2007, 02:44 PM
myrnapap,
I sat here and did the pattern with the 37 stitches. No matter how I tried nope. So I cut down the number of stitches. I came down to 30 stitches to start the pattern. I came out with the 24 stitches. That is seven stitches off, that is some error. :thud:So I don't know if that helps or not. I don't know if you tried doing it the way I did or not. I hope this helps you on your way to find out what is wrong with this pattern.

knitncook
12-22-2007, 05:22 PM
Ok, it's all math :) For each "P2, co1, bo3" you need a count of 5 stitches to start with. You end up with 3 stitches with each set of stitches (the two you purl and the 1 you cast on) If you are supposed to end with 24 stitches then you need 8 sets of 5 to create 8 sets of 3 to get your 24 stitches. Which means you should cast on 40 to get 24 stitches after the first row,

40-(8*3)+8=24 IOW 40 stitches less the 3 bound off stitches done 8 times, plus the 8 stitches you will cast on should equal 24 stitches. If they had only taught algebra this way in college :D

myrnapap
12-22-2007, 05:57 PM
Teri and Michelle thanks so much for saving my sanity! I can't say as I follow Michelle's math (I tried doing the math and didn't succeed, so that shouldn't surprise you). But I'll take your word for it for now. Here's the ending row that I did by casting on 24 stitches just to see what would happen and I ended up with 27.
Last row before bind off: P2, *cast on 3 with backward loop cast on, P1, K2tog, put back onto left needle, K2tog;repeat from *.

I wonder if this works for you. If you start with 24 should you end with 27? The pattern does not say what you should have at the end of this row.

How does a book get published like this??
Myrna

Marj
12-22-2007, 07:23 PM
I'm thinking it is only off by 1 stitch. That you should cast on 38 stitches.

You are basically working with 7 sections of 5 stitches. You are adding 1 stitch to each section and taking away 3. So you are adding a total of 7 stitches and subtracting 21.

38+7=45, 45-21=24

Course I could be all wrong. :rofl:

suzeeq
12-22-2007, 10:20 PM
No I think I read another thread somewhere where someone was having problems with it too, and the CO number was off by one. I just didn't remember if it was more or less.

gingerbread
12-23-2007, 10:33 AM
:doh:I new my math was off really I did.:passedout:
Funny I was going to go up one and then go down. I always over think my math as my husband says.I thought that seven stitches were too much.:roflhard::roflhard:

myrnapap
12-23-2007, 02:12 PM
Well, you won't believe what I found in my email this morning - a response from one of the folks in the store who submitted the pattern and she says there was an error in the number of stitches that were left at the end of the row and to just use any number of stitches that works! I'm not all that great at this type of thing so I'd like to think that patterns are more correct than this, especially when they are published in a book like this. Well, ok, sometimes errors happen but don't you think the publisher should have these patterns tested and do some editing? I'm not a bit gun shy about trying the other patterns.
Maybe I could start with the 37 stitches and just keep going with whatever number is left. Of course I'm sorry about buying this book and this has taken a lot of the fun out of it! I never had this kind of trouble when I knitted oodles of years ago. Gripe, complain and grumble!
Thank you all for helping and happy holidays!

myrnapap
12-23-2007, 04:58 PM
Help, I feel so bad I may never want to knit again! The store said the number reamining is wrong. And the next row would not work with 24 stitches. It is: *P2tog, yo;repeat from * to last stitch. P1. so it has to be an odd number.

Can you also tell me what happens with the stitch that is left when 3 are bound off? One stitch remains.

Save me!

myrnapap
12-23-2007, 05:08 PM
I don't know what is wrong. I thought I posted again and it's not here. I'm very unhappy and still trying to work with this pattern. It has to end up with an odd number of stitches because the next row is: *P2, yo,repeat at *, P1.

When I being off what do I do with the last stitch of the 3?

myrnapap
12-24-2007, 02:15 PM
Just to give some closure to this thread, I wanted to let you all know that I finally put it all together and figured out where the typo is. The number of remaining stitches is 25, not 24. Cast on 37 and do the scallop row, end with 25. Then the pattern row works since it needs an odd number of stitches. :yay:
I actually gave up at one point, picked another pattern and started that only to see that my yarn was just not suited to that pattern.
So many thanks to all of you who helped me. I really really appreciate all of your hard work on this. You are a wonderful group. I hope this thread helps the next person who unknowingly buys this book.
Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season and a peaceful, healthy new year filled with all that you want especially wonderful yarns and patterns that work!!
Myrna:knitting:

knitncook
12-24-2007, 06:39 PM
I'm glad you got it worked out. How sad that the designer herself wasn't very helpful. :( We pay good money for their patterns, they pay good money to their editors and design teams (who are supposed to work the patterns to assure that they will knit up per the directions and then we pay the publishers to make sure that we recieve a quality readable product. It's sad when a book has so many errors.