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Old 03-23-2006, 11:37 AM   #1
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wahhhhhhhhh!!
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I am knitting a sweater, using this beautiful yarn that I bought back in January, during my LYS's big sale. It is Louisa Harding yarn, a angora/wool blend. Rather thin. I cast on my 218 stitches on size 3 needles- gulp- and knit the ribbing that goes on the bottom, then switched to my size 6 needles and started working my way up- it is a cardigan, and I'm doing the back. I had about 4-5 inches done, which doesn't sound like much, but was a lot of work- counted my stitches, and I was WAY OFF!!!! I'm not sure where I made the mistake, it had to be either on the cast on or the decrease row a few rows later. COUNT, COUNT, COUNT!!!!!!! I just ripped out all that work- it was just starting to look like something!! I contemplated trying to wing it and not rip it out, but I really want to do this sweater right. Sigh.......I'm off to cast on another 218 stitches!!
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Old 03-23-2006, 11:39 AM   #2
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Old 03-23-2006, 11:49 AM   #4
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:( :( Been there, done that. I found what has helped me is that when I'm casting on a lot of stitches, I place a stitch marker every 50 stitches. I count them twice and place the marker, then I don't have to go back and recount as much. It seems to help me. Hope you have better luck this time around!
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Old 03-23-2006, 12:13 PM   #5
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:( :crying: I *so* feel your pain. I've done that so many times in crocheting. I would have a filet runner that would need a starting chain of 450 or something else similarily ridiculous, and wouldn't find out until about 4 or 5 rows later that I was short or over at least 2 or 3 "squares". After frogging one runner at least 6 times, I got myself little brass pins to count my stitches... and developed a habit that I've transferred into knitting.
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:( That's too bad!!!

I do just as Lisa1216 said in her post; I put markers at an interval. That way I just have to make sure that I have the right amount of stitches when I put in a marker and in the end I just count the markers.

I even do this for casting on 60 stitches or something. I hate to find that I was wrong in my counting.

Hope the second time worked out better!
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Old 03-23-2006, 01:35 PM   #7
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Oh, that bites! I suggest using a lifeline. That way if something goes wrong again you won't have to frog so far back!
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Old 03-23-2006, 01:42 PM   #8
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I really should use markers! I usually count them about ten times, then hand my pretty yarn and needles to my husband and have him count them a few times. For my entertainment and to double check.
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Thanks for your sympathies, everyone!!

I frogged, went back and started again- counted a million times, placed markers, and figured out where I went wrong. DUH. In row 3, you K1, (Ktog) to last stitch, K1. You should then have 110 stitches. Instead, I K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog.............all the way accross the row. Sheesh. That's what I get for not double checking my stitch count at the end of that row.

Oh well- now it's over and done with, and I learned a valuable lesson! :D
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Old 03-23-2006, 01:51 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA
Oh, that bites! I suggest using a lifeline. That way if something goes wrong again you won't have to frog so far back!
whats a lifeline?
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