Recently, I wanted to knit a simple "lace" (really just eyelets, since lace is worked on every row w/o resting rows) something or other. My life is crazy busy with all of the review work I've got going on, the kids' afterschool activities, and daily life as a housewife. I found a lace poncho which I absolutely adored and thought would make a terrific fall garment - not too heavy, not too light. Since I needed to perform a yarn review for an Indie dyer, I was thrilled that I could kill 2 birds with 1 stone, so to speak.
I swatched and CO immediately! Almost from the beginning, I found errata. Of course, like an idiot, I didn't bother to check if the pattern had been knit by other Ravelers before purchasing it. As it turns out, it had not. I messaged the designer back and forth several times the first day. She was very nice and very prompt about replying to my messages and updating the pattern, but it was frustrating nonetheless to realize the pattern I just bought had not been test knit.
After getting through the body of the poncho, it was time to start the border, which is also how the garment is bound off. As the garment had been knit in the round, I didn't think at all about it when the border instructions said to CO 8 st. proceeded by border rows. So I CO 8 st and started knitting back and forth on the border rows. About 1/4 of the way through the border, I noticed something odd. The body stitches in the pattern picture were centered on the border points. Makes sense. However, mine were NOT centered. And then I noticed it - a big hole between the body and the border of the first border point I knit. What the heck?! Then it hit me - I wonder if I was supposed to CO the border st on the WS?! I remember reading the pattern notes at the beg. of the pattern and there were instructions about the border. I flipped back through the pattern to the beginning and sure enough, in the pattern notes, it said to CO the border st WS facing. ARGH! Being 1/4 of the way through, with 1/4 of the stitches now bound off, I decided I would just finish my wonky border as I'd started it. Afterall, this pattern was supposed to be an easy, mindless knit, and ripping out the border/BO was going to be a big PITA!
I messaged the designer to let her know that that border info should be placed with the border instructions. If any of you are like me, you switch from pattern to pattern and some projects go back into the knitting bag for awhile. It's easy to forget the border info from the beginning of the pattern, when it's not with the section you're knitting on.
Please, please, please - if you are a designer that sells your patterns - have them test knit and tech edited. I really like this designer's designs - they're all very pretty and she is very nice, but now I'll likely not buy another design from her because this one gave me non-stop headaches. A friend of mine suggested I burn the project! LOL! But no, I will carry on. I will finish my very imperfect project, so that I can at least give a thorough review of the yarn I was using for the Indie dyer (It's not HER fault I chose a pattern that turned out to be a pain in the bum.).
Lesson learned. Buy only patterns that other knitters have knit and be vigilant about reading notes from the other knitters of the pattern.