Sunday, July 01, 2007

Red Alert! Error in Morrigan!

Okay, so it's probably not a major red alert seeing as I'm probably one of about 10 knitters worldwide who are knitting Morrigan. (I found 3 others started on the web, I'm not the only crazy one.) BUT it is a major error.

I emailed Jenna and her entire response is below. The error is in the number of times that rows 69–76 of the Side Chart are worked.

Crap! you're right! That should have been 4 times. I checked back
through all my drafts, and I had written it as 6, (6, 8, 8, 8, 8)
throughout, but obviously the math doesn't work that way!

Because I used AppleWorks (since uninstalled and I don't know what we
did with the install disks), I can't check the spreadsheet notes to
figure out where the mistake originated... all my text notes show
that I miscounted, and evidently thought that rows 77-84 of the side
chart were only 6 rows, not 8. The tech editor must have done the
same thing, too!

So, the Side chart should indicate that the repeats of rows 69-76 are
4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6). Here's the logic:

Total rows before bind-offs according to Chart A count: 140 (140,
156, 156, 164, 164)

4 rows of foundation pattern (chart rows 1-2)
8 rows of patt (chart rows 3-10 x 1)
32 (32, 40, 40, 40, 40) rows of rep (chart rows 11-18)
50 rows of patt (chart rows 19-68 x 1)
--at this point, we've worked 94 (94, 102, 102, 102, 102) rows; 46
(46, 54, 54, 62, 62) to go before bind-off--
32 (32, 40, 40, 48, 48) rows of rep (chart rows 69-76 x 4 (4, 5, 5,
6, 6))
8 rows of patt (chart rows 77-84 x 1)
--this adds 40 (40, 48, 48, 56, 56) rows; another 6 rows to work
following rows 85-92 as necessary--

Thinking about it, I'm positive I kept counting rows 77 to 84 as 6
rows, because I recall I thought that it would end neatly with row 84
for the smallest size, and then I must have incorporated that set of
rows into the repeat count by accident. You could, if you wished,
treat this as a 5x repeat, which means that instead of working rows
77-84 before the bind-off, you'd only work rows 77-82; on the bind-
off row, you'd integrate three double decreases. This would make the
cable pattern fill the underarm all the way up to the bind-off,
rather than leaving a 6-row gap of reverse stockinette across those 9
rows. [edit: she means "those 9 stitches"]

Well. Considering the complexity of the pattern, I'm grateful that
you found only this and that symbol in row 1 in Chart B...

Thanks for forging on ahead!


Jennifer said...

Good thing you caught the error!

Anonymous said...

Make it 11. I am just casting on for Morrigan. I want to make it longer so that it could be worn without a shirt underneath. How do you lenghten yours?
I must say I am glad someone else is doing all the proof-knitting. I would probably give up on that pattern.
Good work Laura! Can't wait to see your WIP pictures!

Laura said...

Dear Anonymous,

You are probably counted in 10 people. I found three others online and estimated that there were a few blog-less people out there knitting. So let's keep it at 10 and feel like we're members of a highly elite club.

I am NOT lengthening mine--I'm short and the length is not an issue for me. And let me tell you, I'm so happy that I didn't decide to lengthen it. There's a lot of knitting here!

Anyway. Jenna gave me instructions on how to lengthen it, but they instructions are only good if you are NOT knitting the two largest sizes. I posted the instructions on the No Sheep for You KAL:

monkeemaven said...


dagnabbit, now i want to come back to houston just to see your hair.

Rachel said...

I am such a good friend that I read every word of this blog post - including the correction - even though I am not now and probably never will be knitting this pattern. I'll collect my Best Blog Friend medal when I see you later this month.

Agnes said...

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