I finished the first part of my BFF Cowl project with Evelyn last night, and have already sent it off to her. This morning I couldn't wait to start the second part, so I grabbed another ball of yarn and got going.
Now, I woke up with a huge sinus headache, and when I get like that, I often have a hard time thinking straight. BUT, I think this pattern is trickier than it needs to be.
I'm used to knitting from a chart, if there is one, so I started knitting away, assuming that the first row was the right side. But when I got to row 8 - uh oh! I realized all might not be well. I went back and looked at the written instructions, and discovered that there's a little problem.
There are three separate sets of directions you need to follow when knitting this pattern: the chart, the line-by-line instructions for each stitch pattern, and the "set up" instructions for each cowl. I didn't have any problems with the "Stepanie's Link," but for this piece - "Ysolda's Link" - the instructions don't correlate! The "set-up" instructions say that row 1 is a right side row, while the stitch pattern instructions say it's a wrong side row. The chart doesn't give any hint at all.
After reading all the instructions closely (something I rarely do), I decided that I would be better off working from the chart and starting with row 1 as a wrong side row. Once I got that sorted, I was able to knit happily away, and finished the first repeat of the pattern.
I'm very happy with how it's coming along. The Cascade Cloud knits up with fantastic stitch definition, and I love the ruffled quality of the seed pods.
And how do you like that background? That's my new knitting chair! I spent all day Tuesday driving out to Ikea, getting the chairs, driving back and then putting them together, but it was worth it. The POÄNG makes a great knitting chair.