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Old 01-30-2009, 08:02 PM   #1
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Absentminded Mistakes
So I picked up my hooded baby cardi for the first time in nearly a week today.... and realized that I had, in my rush to finish that one last row to get to a certain point in the pattern, knit the last quarter of a purl row. So I had to tink all of that. And then, when finishing the purl row, I made my usual purl row mistake - droning to the point where I forgot to switch back to knit stitches for the garter stitch border.

So what absentminded mistakes do you make?
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:28 PM   #2
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I do pretty good about mistakes now by holding the pattern mantra in my head (like an inner voice holding the rhythm of the pattern stitch)

...but...being self taught I discovered - 10 years into my knitting that my purls only looked good when I knit in the round because I was looping the working yarn around my right needle the WRONG WAY! Just like writing a new year on a check...it was fixed!
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I always use a stitch marker for border stitches, and lace repeats when possible ... and any other way that they will help me remember a change or to help me keep track increase or decrease stitches. It has really made a difference in the amount of times I have to go back and fix ... especially on borders!
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Originally Posted by Debbie View Post
I always use a stitch marker for border stitches, and lace repeats when possible ... and any other way that they will help me remember a change or to help me keep track increase or decrease stitches. It has really made a difference in the amount of times I have to go back and fix ... especially on borders!
Thanks! That's a good suggestion.
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:29 PM   #5
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I use stitch markers to mark off sections like this, and I STILL manage to make mistakes like that from time to time. I think it happens to everyone. It especially happens to me if it's a really simple pattern where I don't have to pay full attention while I'm knitting
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:36 PM   #6
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have stopped in middle of a round or row, and when i start again, have been known to knit it the wrong direction, and when realizing this, have had to *tink*, not so much fun!! linknit41
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have stopped in middle of a round or row, and when i start again, have been known to knit it the wrong direction, and when realizing this, have had to *tink*, not so much fun!! linknit41
Inadvertent short rows!
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:55 PM   #8
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:01 PM   #9
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Lin, I've done that! I didn't get very far, but still, I was embarrassed, even though it was garter stitch and so no right side or wrong side.

Yes, I now have my "Hey, knit here!" stitch marker for my purl rows back in place. I also - somehow - managed to (again) knit 10 or 15 purl stitches, but this time it was at the beginning of a nearly 100-stitch row and I only noticed it two rows later, so I picked down two rows and re-wove them, one by one. I wasn't going to tink 200 stitches!

I did leave one stitch (under the arm) wrong - I don't know if this superstition applies to knitting... My sister who quilts has one (deliberate) error in each quilt. It's something about you can't give a perfect handmade gift, or the fairies get jealous. Or it's bad luck. Or something.
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:21 PM   #10
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My sister who quilts has one (deliberate) error in each quilt. It's something about you can't give a perfect handmade gift, or the fairies get jealous. Or it's bad luck. Or something.
I think it's the Amish (and also Middle Eastern) belief that only God can make something absolutely perfect. So the Amish, Mennonites, and most of the Middle Eastern rug makers (Indian too, I think) always have a "mistake" somewhere in the pattern of their quilts, tiled surfaces, etc..

I once had a silk rug from India that had one sprig of flowers in the pattern the wrong color, for that reason.
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