I was planning on finishing up the knitting on my Lipstick and Change last night, but I was ready to do the flaps, and they needed a little more attention that I could give them. We were watching the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, and I decided that brainless movie knitting would be a better plan. Skyfall is a typical Bond movie with all the requisite explosions and unlikely scenarios, but Judi Densch is terrific, and of course it’s so easy to look at Daniel. Albert Finney was looking spry–anyone remember him as the sexy star of Tom Jones nearly 50 years ago?
So this morning, I returned to my Lipstick and Change. Dividing for the flaps and my numbers were not coming out right. Each flap is supposed to be 48 stitches – half of the total number of stitches. So I counted out 48 stitches and worked a couple of rows. But the flaps look uneven. Counting the stitches, I realized that I had 48 stitches on one side and only 36 stitches on the other. Hmmm. Going back to the pattern I calculated that I had started with 72 and added 12 stitches twice. That’s 84 stitches, not 96. Could there be an error in the pattern? Nora is quite meticulous, but we all make mistakes, so I called her.
Yes, in fact, we do all make mistakes, but this mistake was mine alone.
I had missed the increase detail that was not simply kfb, but kfbf. Instead of increasing just once, I was supposed to have increased twice. No wonder my bag was not as poofy at the bottom as I thought it should be, and no wonder my stitch count was incorrect.
Nothing to be done but pull out the entire bag down to that first increase round and simply begin again…and learn from my mistake. ~sigh