Yup, you are seeing straight. That's my secret project, or what's left of it. So what happened?
No I don't have a cat who ripped everything out. I did it. I made a mistake in the very beginning and although I was almost done, I just couldn't let that mistake sit.
See how the knitting has garters ridge separated by a row or two of stockinette? It's in the middle of the project in the photo. It's not supposed to look like that.
Here is how the pattern is written:
Row 40, 42. 44: k2, sm (slip marker), yo, purl to end, yo, sm, k2.
Row 41, 43: k2, sm, yo, knit to end, yo, sm, k2.
If you follow the pattern correctly it leaves you with knit stitches on one side and purl stitches in the other side. But that's not what mine looked like.
What I did was knit three rows of: k2, sm, yo, purl to end, yo, sm, k2. Then two rows of: k2, sm, yo, knit to end, yo, sm, k2. I didn't alternate the rows as written.
It happened 3 inches from the beginning and I discovered it about 12 inches into my project. "It's ok" I told myself. "It'll still look good." So I kept knitting, deciding to make my mistake part of the pattern and continue my mistake throughout as if it was designed that way.
But I didn't like it. You couldn't see the stripping in the hand dyed yarn. It seemed too scrunched up for me, too tight. So I decided to rip everything out.
And I'm ok with that!
Now you can see the beauty of the yarn, even in black and white. The stripping is highlighted. The colors are stronger, not broken up as previously knitted. And although you can't see them here, you can now easily see the eyelets (when stretched out).
It didn't take me too long to knit back to where I decided to rip everything out. I just plugged in a movie and knit away.
I know it's hard to rip out your work, trust me I know! I've ripped out so many projects in the past.
"What are you doing?!?" My Faithful Sherpa would ask in the beginning.
"All that work!"
But now he doesn't even question it.
"Oh yeah, she does that all the time" he tells people.
Smaller incidents I typically leave in, a twisted stitch, or a when I knit thru the back loop (ktbl) when I wasn't supposed to. I always call those "embellishments."
But this design mistake, well as hard as I tried, I had to rip it all out and start over. Now just 15 more rows and I'll be done! Well with the knitting portion that is.
Dont worry, I'll post photos of the completed project!