I think someone has put a “Kim Hargreaves Curse” on me!
I love her designs but I keep on getting it wrong with stupid errors when I knit them! It’s not like I’m a beginner either is it?? They all turn out OK in the end but if I’m going to mess up it’s on a Kim pattern….
First there was Maria – a lovely favourite top of mine – but I sewed the left sleeve into the right armhole <Slaps forehead>
Then there was Emily – This time I managed to get the edging different lengths and forget to do the decreasing on the sleeves…
The Haven scarf??? That turned out really well but I made a huge blunder and messed up the pattern (with associated embarrassing shot of me being unhappy about it…)
Turned out OK after some frogging though…
And of course there was the memorable Ronnie – the sloppy Joe in Rowan Big Wool. I struggled with the tension, made it was too large and end up looking like a Dr Who alien and promising a “big wool bonfire”!
Ronnie has escaped the bonfire and has now been rehomed to a friend of mine – She looks fabulous in Ronnie – maybe because she’s a foot taller than me!
So what Kim Hargreaves related disaster has prompted this “Susan’s Screw-up Retrospective”??
I’ve had some pretty red Rowan Summer Tweed in my stash for some time – another John Lewis Rowan sale source of guilt 😳
I had always intended to make Elizabeth from Kim’s Heartfelt book with it. With the sun shining and the air-conditioning at work blasting so I need a jacket in the office it was calling to me.
This is the piccy in Kim’s book…
Beautiful huh? Love that curved peplum 🙂 I would even knit moss stitch (which I don’t enjoy much) to own that beauty!
I happily got out my swift and wound the hanks of Summer Tweed into yarn cakes – I love this stage of starting a new project 🙂
So off I started knitting the back….
….I found that the pattern was complicated and had lots of shortrow shaping to make the curve – a common technique Kim uses…But the Knits and Purls were in the wrong place for the moss stitch – that’s not like a Kim pattern….
One ball of yarn later- looked back at the pattern, relieved I had finished the short row shaping….
A word caught my eye at the top of the page….
Elizabeth is knitted in DOUBLE moss stitch throughout….I had diligently corrected the pattern to single moss stitch. I hit myself in the face with the pattern several times to try and beat some sense into myself. I only do this type of screw up with Kim’s patterns!!
I finished the back without drama…
It did seem a bit large…..
But the DOUBLE moss stitch looked super in the red…
I’m half way up a front – the fronts and the notched collar are supposed to be the hard bits….
I was a happy little knitter….then, in a quite coffee break at work, I thought I’d show a colleague what I was working on and looked at Kim’s site…..
….and found the errata….
Back – Length to the beg of armhole shaping should read 38.5 (38.5: 40: 40: 40: 40) and not 42 (42: 43: 43: 43: 43) as stated.
Left front – Shape armhole should read as folls:
Cast off 4 (4: 5: 5: 5: 6) sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row. Dec 1 st at armhole edge of next 5 (5: 5: 5: 7: 7) rows and 2 (2: 3: 3: 2: 3) foll alt rows, and then on foll 4th row.
Size diagram – garment length should read 56.5 (57.5: 59: 60: 61: 62) cm – 22 ¼ (22 ½ : 23: 23 ½ : 24: 24 ½) in
I had knit 3.5 cms too much before starting the armholes! All that knitting wasted 🙁
So tonight I rip a large chunk of the back out and do it again.
I suppose it’s not too bad – that’s the first time in my many Kim Hargreaves’s cursed garments it’s not been my fault!!