Ok, so I ran into a problem with Shedir last night on row 63. The chart asks you do a twist right that only works if the first stitch is a purl. However, the first stitch on round 63 is a knit stitch. It was getting close to bedtime and my mind was getting fuzzy so I put the project away for the night and slept on it.
I had a weird dream about the hat, wherein my intended recipient told me she didn't like cables because they weren't christian and I had to frog it completely right then and knit her something more plain. My knitter's heart was shocked and saddened. Good thing it was a dream!
So, in the light of day, I took a good look at the chart and my knitting. First, I had to make sure I didn't make a mistake in the previous rounds. Nope. Everything looks good there. Second, lets look at the chart to make sure I wasn't reading the symbols wrong. Nope. It calls for a twist right (which needs a purl stitch to be first), but there is a knit stitch looking all pretty on the left side of my marker.
Ok, back to the chart; back to the knitting. Would moving the marker one stitch to the right fix the problem? Yes, the stitch on the other side of the marker is a purl stitch! In fact, the chart is moved in previous rounds as we move the marker and line 63 has a similar shift; just no instructions to move the marker. Problem solved. Here is the fix:
Continue to work foll chart, following instructions between *s (how to move the marker) for rounds 55, 56, 58, 60, 62 and 70. [my change in bold].
The weird thing is, I looked at hundreds of finished Shedirs on Ravelry and NOT ONE mentioned this change or having a problem with it. Is it because they are so used to reading charts that the visual shift in the pattern was enough of a sign that the omission didn't register?
The same thing happened when I was working through the Monkey lace pattern. It called for a k5, k1tbl, k4 (on round 4), but if you do this, you will end up with a steadily decreasing stitch count. I changed it to k4, k1f&B, k4 which adds the increase using the same method as called for in the pattern. But not a soul mentioned this problem on Ravelry.
So, I haven't emailed the designers re: these problems because 1) a ridiculous number of people have knitted both these items before me and the problem would have been brought to light already and 2) because of this I'm not convinced its a real problem. But what about all those newbies out there who might benefit from these clarifications?!
Am I missing something here? Anyone?