I've been working on my hourglass sweater for February's NaKniSweMoDo. Whipped out the sleeves last weekend, and started work on the yoke this week. That's right the end was in sight.
But hang on a second, the instructions for the decrease rows on the yoke seemed a little funky. Should I really do an SSK, K1 and K2tog after every marker? No, no, I should follow the pattern. I've learned the 'I'm not smarter than the pattern' lesson the hard way. These people are professionals - the shaping will be just fine. Stick with it, you'll see.
Stick with it. Ha! I should have trusted my instincts. The shaping is not fine. Although the front left quite correctly points in, towards the neck, the right hand side has some flaws -- it points straight up towards the collar bone. Pout.
I tried the sweater on and gave my husband and the in-laws a modelling show to see if they'd notice, 'cos you know there are some little errors that one could perhaps pull off as a design feature. "Oh yeah, it's meant to look like that - a little bit of unique detailing". Umm yeah, there's unique detailing and then there's plain old weird. You know this falls in the latter category. No-one in this house was falling for 'design feature'.
After pouting some more, I decided I'd Google errata for the pattern. Yep seems that the instructions for the yoke shaping, in the first edition of the book, contain a few errors. So, lesson learned -- I should check for errata before I get stuck into a pattern.
...hi ho, hi ho, it's off to riiiiiiiiiiip I go.........