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January 18, 2006

Well, then...



Corrections for this center triangle of the pattern in the extended entry.

Corrections to Misty Morning Shawl pattern. Stitches in bold are corrected stitches.

Distributed by The Alpaca Yarn Company, designed by Sharon Winsauer of Aurora Alpacas.

Ogee Lace Pattern (the center triangle of the pattern, charts A-1 and A-2)

  1. Row 47 - outermost k2tog and SSK should be k1 instead.
  2. Row 78 - on the left side of the pattern chart, the outermost yo should be p1 instead.
  3. Row 106 - the left side of the pattern chart should be p14, yo, p2tog, p1, k1, p2, yo, p2tog, p8, etc.
  4. Row 115 - the pattern should read (from right to left): k1, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, SSK, k1, SSK, k1, and so on to the last 12 sts, and then: SSK, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, SSK, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1.
  5. Row 117 - the pattern should read (from right to left): k1, yo, k1, yo, k4, yo, SSK, k1, s1-k2tog-psso, k2, and so on to the last 15 sts, and then: SSK, k1, s1-k2tog-psso, k2, yo, SSK, k3, yo, k1, yo, k1.
  6. Row 119 - the pattern should read (from right to left): k1, yo, k3, yo, k4, yo, SSK, s1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, SSK, and so on to the last 15 sts, and then: SSK, s1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, SSK, k3, yo, k3, yo, k1.
  7. Row 121 - start the first of the 5 repeats with k1 instead of k2 like the other 4 repeats.
  8. Row 131 - start the first of the 5 repeats with k2tog instead of s1-k2tog-psso like the other 4 repeats.
  9. Row 133 - start the first of the 5 repeats with k2tog instead of s1-k2tog-psso like the other 4 repeats.
  10. Row 134 - in the repeat, the left p2tog should be yo, p2tog.
  11. Row 135 - last 5 sts should be knit SSK, SSK, yo, k1.
  12. Row 162 - in the repeat, the left p2tog should be yo, p2tog.
  13. Row 163 - the row should start, k1, yo, k5, SSK.
  14. Row 167 - the pattern should read (from right to left): k1, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, SSK, k1, SSK, k5 and so on to the last 9 sts, and then, k2tog, k2, yo, SSK, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1.
  15. Row 169 - the pattern should read (from right to left): k1, yo, k1, yo, k4, yo, SSK, k1, SSK, k3 and so on to the last 11 sts, and then, k2tog, k2, yo, SSK, k3, yo, k1, yo, k1.
  16. Row 187 - the pattern should read (from right to left): k1, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo SSK, k1, s1-k2tog-psso, k2 and so on to the last 11 sts, and then, s1-k2tog-psso, k2, yo, SSK, k2, yo, k1, yo, k1.
  17. Row 189 - the pattern should read (from right to left): k1, yo, k1, yo, k5, and so on to the last 6 sts, and then, k4, yo, k1, yo, k1.
  18. Row 190 - in the repeat, the left p2, p2tog should be p2, yo, p2tog.
  19. Row 215 - in the repeat, the rightmost k2tog should be s1-k2tog-psso.
  20. Row 218 - in the repeat, the left p1, yo, p2tog should be p2, yo, p2tog.
  21. Row 231 - the first yo should be followed by k2tog.
Posted by Kathy on January 18, 2006 09:17 PM


just lovely... that's a lot of corrections. I think I might've chucked it out the window already.

Holy moly that's a lot of mistakes. Have you sent them a bill? It looks great. Can't wait to see it all finished and blocked.

Great job. This company really is in debt to you for finding and CORRECTING problems for a pattern that they didn't even bother to test knit. I can't believe there are that many!

You are a Goddess!!!

Can' they afford a test knitter?? Oh wait, you did that for them... I am amazed and impressed by your perseverance. I'm with the "woulda chucked it out the window already" crowd. :)

Hm, this falls slightly more into rewrites than corrections - oh well, the result is worth it! I wonder how it made it into print like that??

Sweet sassy molassey! Well, at least the center is done. Now onto the border. It could be scary.

Wow - you rock!! I can't believe the number of mistakes... that's just wrong.

You have way more patience than I. I would have trashed it. They must be so embarrassed -- how can they print that?

I can't believe they actually had the nerve to charge money for a pattern that has probably caused many a lesser knitter to throw up her hands in despair. I hope they thank you properly for all of this work.

It appears that the knitting public has reason to believe that The Alpaca Yarn Company's patterns suck.

What a lot of corrections! The pattern distributor should give you a reward for all your sleuthing. Thankfully, it was you who tackled this project and not someone who was more of a beginner.

What a lot of corrections! The pattern distributor should give you a reward for all your sleuthing. Thankfully, it was you who tackled this project and not someone who was more of a beginner.

you didn't tell us you were test knitting the thing!

it looks great btw

What?! I think they should pay you for pattern testing that thing!

Impressive, Very Impressive, but you are not a Jedi yet!

Ok, maybe you are! I so would have said "screw it!" by now. Hopefully the border will go ever so much better for you. :)

You are a patient and clever knitter, Grumperina.

I agree with all who came before who stated that you should be compensated by the pattern publisher. Holy moley! That's a lot of mistakes!

so...have you heard any more from "them"? have they at least had the decency to send your pattern money back or pull the pattern from their website pending corrections? those are not just typos. the internet knitter's society does a lot of cross talking, this information on how badly put this pattern is will go far and wide. the same way how jaywalker's pattern has out as oh so good(thanks)! that shawl looks alot like the candle flameshawl i'm making, the pattern for it was free and there were only three typos in it. lol...ogee lace is in my copy of mary thomas book of knitting patterns but that wouldn't tell me how to increase it from the beginning point. you are brilliant.

Was this pattern charted at all? Seems like many of those errors could have been avoided/detected if it were properly charted.

I'm impressed with your determination!


Ridiculous on their part - KUDOS to you! Has anyone else attempted to knit this - or are you the first?

How much are you gonna charge them for test knitting this shawl?

You are amazing. First, I know I would have ditched the pattern and found something else to knit for my loved one. Too much frustration! I am impressed that you found the mistakes, corrected the mistakes and DOCUMENTED the mistakes. The Alpaca Yarn Company should refund every cent you paid them over the years of knitting AND they should send your way a LARGE and I mean VERY, VERY LARGE box of yarn...GRATIS! Congratulations...what a fabulous shawl!

Wow! I can't believe that you had the patience to work out all those mistakes. Very, very impressive.

The yarn company has to pay you for test knitting! Anyway- the shawl looks great! And congratulations on the beaded hat - I wish I had a little niece or cousin or whatever for whom I could knit that ;-)

Your grandmother is going to love her shawl!

Wow, it's looking amazing!!!

I still can't believe there are so many errors. You should get some kind of reward for that hard work. That's just crazy!

Mmm ... that seems to be a lot of corrections ... are they going to pay you for that? They'd better consider doing that!

Amazing... While I agree that you should somehow be compensated for your work, I also wonder how many people chose this as their first lace pattern and gave up on lace (or knitting) altogether. I hope the company has records of who purchased this pattern and sends the corrected pattern to all along with their apologies.

Kudos to you.

i have to admit that i am completely in awe of you for persisting and finishing the pattern. i would have thrown it through the window!

your бабушка is obviously one very special lady!

OMG. You are amazing, and the shawl looks beauuutigul.

The shawl is lovely! I must say that I would've chucked the whole thing after one, maybe two errors.

So now instead of guessing your shawl completion date, we're guessing our own chuck-it-out-the-window date?

I think they ought to pay you to start another shawl just like this one and continue it all the way through the original pattern (which included a front, yes?) so you can find their mistakes on the front as well as the back.

Here's hoping you have a sun-filled weekend, and few easy and rewarding knitting projects before you entertain us with your next impossibility... and no inane papers to grade.

Talk about triumph over knitting. That's got to give you a good sense of accomplishment. I still can't get over it NOT being test knit. Brava!!

Jeez...A published pattern should NOT have that many mistakes. They should be ashamed to put out a pattern like that.

Good job on figuring it all out!

I can't think that the pattern was EVER tested. Good on you for sticking with it, I doubt I'd have done the same.

Grumperina, I salute you and your stubbornness. Things like this are precisely the reason I read knit blogs: I find out what stuff is really quite bad before I plunk down money for it. Ideally, no one would have to go through all that, but at least more people have been warned now.

My legal advice to you is to write a nasty letter saying that they've caused you hours of frustration, delayed the gift of your beloved grandmother's shawl, correct their mistakes -- so they need to send you free yarn! Feel free to say you've consulted with an attorney too :)

Looks like you may even finish by the date I had guessed (28th? 29th? I think 28th). A few days ago I would have thought there was no way. Definitely, send Alpaca Yarn a bill for your services. Gorgeous hat, BTW.

I'm with Rebecca, Alpaca Yarn should be ashamed to put out something that flawed. No test knitting, and then they charge for it. Well, you know your grandma will appreciate it, and you can see how much the rest of the knitting community is in awe of you for sticking with it and documenting the changes...just don't send them to Alpaca Yarn without payment in advance!!

You deserve a medal!

Looks fantastic, even though I clearly lost the contest. You are unbelievable to continue through with this pattern, finding all of those mistakes. Can't wait to see it done.

Woohoo! It looks fabulous and the corrections that needed to be made are extremely impressive. Lile others, I would have chucked the pattern after the second or third mistake.

... and of course, I just ordered this pattern from The Alpaca Yarn Co a week ago. Damn.

I hope you don't mind, but I printed out your corrections - and I'll let you know if there is anything in the pattern (should be arriving next week) pertaining to the mistakes you found.


You have definitely earned a scout badge for this one! I would *never* send such a flawed pattern off to test knitters -- I don't know anyone in the trade who would consider that number of mistakes acceptable in a first draft! Yikes! Gold star to you for perseverence!

I agree with Beth: I would have chucked this long ago, but I suspect that you enjoyed the challenge of the corrections as much as the knitting :-).

Holy crap, Batwoman, that's a lotta bold lettering there...

Your intestinal fortitude is astonishing. I think I'd have a big hissy fit and demand payment for technical editing.

your perseverance belies your existence as a science Ph.D. candidate. only that flavor of person would continue to beat their head against a brick wall with such determination (spoken by one who was there)! nice job, it will be a beautiful piece

I bow down in awe of you. Seriously. It's gorgeous, but wow - that's a whole lot of corrections. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on the border.

WOW! That is a lot of corrections. I'm amazed that you took the time to go through them all. I think I would have found a different pattern. Everyone who's been eyeing that shawl to knit thanks you. It is beautiful and I bet the border will add just the right touches.

Beautiful...I'm with Christie, you are a Goddess! I would have thrown that thing out after the first mistake. But you, you made it work. I think you should send the company a consulting bill.

That is lovely! Can I tell you, though, that I wasn't paying a whole lot of attention as the picture loaded, and when I glanced at it, the first thing I thought was "a knitted lace thong!"
(I seem to have a problem with scale. Among other things.)

Wow, your grandma is one lucky lady. You really do have the patience of a saint.

Congratulations on slogging through a lace pattern that was written out in words. I think I would get lost even if it was written well. But with that many mistakes.....

Holy! That's a lot of corrections! I'm glad you got it worked out. Now it's time for the border. I can't wait to see how it turns out. It's looking great so far!

Having suffered through a similar situation as you, with a pattern that was totally incorrect, and spending hours and hours fixing it, I totally understand why you did it. But I'm still in shock that the pattern company didn't have this test knit to find these errors before you spent all that time. Great job! Hope the border is easier.

OMG! My brain would have melted if I had tackled that pattern! I would have been sure I was crazy - b/c every pattern I pick up has errors, but THAT is blasted ridiculous.

I agree with your 'attorney' you have earned some fiber for all your work!

WOW, that's incredible!!!!! You're so good. That designer and the company should pay you for this! You better tell them. You're actually in fact promoting their pattern and giving out a fully corrected pattern!

Muah ah ah.. my done-with-shawl-date prediction appears to be coming together like clockwork : )

I whole heartedly agree that they should (at the very. least.) refund your pattern money.. You had to basically rewrite the whole thing yourself.. YOU did the work, not them!

They should pay you for your service. Seriously.

I bought that pattern about when you did (and alpaca yarn, but not Alpaca Yarn Co. yarn) but have not begun to knit it yet. I'm not just impressed with your intestinal fortitude for forging ahead with it, I'm appalled that the pattern is such a mess. How on earth did they get the pattern photo without a test knit? I think I'm going to complain.

Thank you for the corrections! I hope my shawl is half as beautiful as yours. Your grandmother will love it...it's an heirloom.

Good googley moogley! I would have defenestrated that baby long ago! Go ahead.....look it up :o) Got that one from ds studying vocab for the SATs--it's his favorite. Means to throw something out the window! So, yeah, I'm definitely in with that crowd.

I wonder how many of this pattern they sold before yours? There are probably that many UFOs of this out there.

Criminy, I think you need co-author credit for future (corrected) copies of that pattern!

Beautiful work! What I don't get is...who knit the shawl that was modeled?...and didn't that person notice something wasn't right with the pattern?

Absolutely beautiful.

All I can say is WOW! For all the mistakes in the pattern and for the knitting-it's beautiful. Can't wait to see it finished!

Wow! You are one impressive, dedicated knitter. I certainly hope there is a big assortment of COMPLIMENTARY Alpaca Yarn Company yarn on its way to you right now, at the very least. Oh, and only a few more days til Australia day!

I just had to post another comment after reading Logan's comment, "...and of course, I just ordered this pattern from The Alpaca Yarn Co a week ago. Damn.", I can't believe the company is still selling this pattern! You made them aware of the large number of mistakes and they are knowingly selling a crappy pattern. I'll tell you one thing...they'll never get a dime from me. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

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