This is a pattern you’ll be seeing a lot of over the next few months. It’s Sheep Hat pattern from the book 60 Quick Baby Knits! Is it the cutest?! I hope I like it so much after FOUR of them. One of four got a good start this week! I’m using Knit Picks Swish Worsted, which is fantastic for baby hats because it’s washable and one of the softest yarns Knit Picks has.
And that is where all the problems started. I finished the back easily enough, and ass you can see there is some crazy shit going on with the front. The bottom rib section got put on a holder to add pockets later, then stitches are cast back on and each side is worked one by one.
I finished the front as written and it was very wrong. The decreased section was way too long, and didn’t leave enough room for the side to increase back out. You can tell in the picture for the sweater and the schematics for the sweater that the decreases don’t go up that high, so I ripped one side back and tried something else.
In the picture above, the left side of the sweater is the pattern as written, then I fudged the increases to get back to the right stitch count in the short amount of space left. On the right side of the sweater I did a sssk decrease instead of ssk, and that got the decrease section in the place it should be by repeating that decrease 14 times to get down to 13 sts. That let me follow the increases as written in the pattern for the most part. I still ran out of room at the end and had to increase at a quicker rate, but as you can see it looks a ton better than the first try.
So I’ll be ripping back the left side, too, and matching the shaping for the yoke.
But how crazy is that? I don’t understand how the pattern can work out as written. My gauge is spot on. Even if it is a tiny bit off, following the pattern as written gets a REALLY bad result that can’t just be my gauge. I’m hoping there aren’t any other surprises in the rest of the pattern.
This is my project for the weekend, so hopefully I’ll have the majority of a sweater to show off next week! Baring any more incidents.