Since Lois has set aside the vest she was knitting for her husband, she decided to knit him a Santa Hat. Her plan was to give it to him as his first Christmas present so he would wear it all day. She combined Santa’s Ho-ho-ho hat with the Celtic Santa hat.
Lois has never used double pointed needles and was not looking forward to that part of the hat. Luckily her daughter is an excellent knitter and can stand in as her back up. Lois also had to work the cable from a chart, there was no written pattern for the cable. In the end she found it easier than she thought.
The following week Lois brought in the hat, explaining that she had read the wrong cable chart and was totally off. Unfortunately she got a little cocky and had only put in one lifeline after 20 rows instead of 10. (We’ve all been there.) The knitting G-ds frown on cockiness.
After ripping back to correct rows, we used the chart to compare it to the hat and determined where she was in the pattern.
The following week, she unceremoniously tossed her project to me (at me?). She thought she had dropped a stitch. She didn’t, it only looked that way. There are times when there seems to be a wide gap between the stitch on the right hand needle and the stitch on the left hand needle. That conjures up the image of ladders and lost stitches. If you don’t see a loop hanging in the wind, there is no dropped stitch. With great ceremony, I handed to project back (nope, not really).
She also was working on Daisy #238QK, a cute little dress. We reestablished where she had left off.
She misread the decreasing directions. After round 8, the pattern says to repeat the decrease progression until 1 stitch remains in each leaf. Donna took it to mean repeat round 8, her hat decreased way too quickly and didn’t look like she knew it should.