I was talking to Bluegh2 on Facebook yesterday and told him I had finished with my daughter's sweater (http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90...html?noImages=
) and had found myself frustrated while knitting at the difficult direction for what turned out to be a very simple pattern.
I told him that I was redoing the sweater, for my other daughter in the manner in which I thought was much easier. First off, for the bottom part of the sweater, just do the 9 inches of ribbing in the round. Since I am doing the ribbing in purple and white stripes to match her bathing suit, I will continue the back up from what I have on the needles, and leave the shoulder straps on stitch holders. I'll do the front two panels in purple and white, and leave the shoulders on stitch holders and then kitchner stitch them together to avoid a seam where it might rub or chafe (since she plans on wearing it over her bikini top), then just sew the two front panels in, easy peasy!
Have any of you ever rewritten a pattern in your head and then tried it out to see if you could do the same thing easier? I've found this sweater going faster than the other one. Also, the circular needles I was using had very pointy tips which bothered me to no end. Blue asked why I wasn't using Magic Loop. I had to admit that I hadn't thought about it until he mentioned it.