Okay, so full disclosure here. I have a degree in Mathematics and yet when it comes to knitting, there are times when I apparently cannot count.
Of course, I always discover these counting errors months later when I have put a project down, pick it back up, and prepare to start again. I keep good notes so I can always tell where I started off (unless I lose the notebook, that’s happened a few times and not to put it politely, I’m screwed).
So, I’ve finished the tough parts of the Brunello Cardigan from Knitty, which at least in my view was the never-ending lace around the lower edge. (Want to know how big your butt is? Knit a sweater that has lace all the way around the bottom and runs vertically so you pick off one stitch every other row).
I’m at the part that should be easy – the sleeves. Do a little decrease, a bit more of the lace from the front edges, and you’re done. Right?
Sadly, no. I get to the sleeves and the instructions are easy – take the stitches you set aside before, pick up another 12 under the arm and start knitting. Except, that when I count the results, I’m off. By 9 stitches, which in this context is a lot.
So, what to do? I can’t rip back, as this is a top-down sweater and I’ve since knit the waist, the bottom and the front edges. I can’t recount the center to figure out what I’ve done. All I can do is recalculate the next few rows to a way out of this. Or, do what Lazy Mardee does, which is to quietly set the project aside and let Future Mardee handle it. She’ll be annoyed but I guess we’ll just have to make her deal.
What about you? What would you do when faced with the evidence that despite years of education you never learned to count?