Pizzelle Beret = Done!

Another item on my “Before the end of 2013, I will finish…” is completed! During the Tokyo Yarn Crawl, I picked up a lovely milk chocolate brown lace yarn with a coppery sheen from Avril to crochet the Pizzelle Beret by Linda Perlmann.

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This is one of the first patterns I’ve done that isn’t charted so I was off to a difficult start. Despite the well written pattern, my counting incompetence made it a challenge as I mentioned in this progress post.

I’m calling this oops the Sand Dollar Variation as having only 5 ‘petals’ instead of the 6 as called for in the pattern.

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 Because of my earlier Oops, Row 38, the first row of the headband, became the most difficult area to complete. I just needed to adjust the pattern for the Sand Dollar Variation but it was easy to see where the pattern maker wanted to go with it.

After all the unintentional pattern modifications, the few intentional modifications and the quick thinking to finish it off as recommended by the pattern it came out beautifully. Exactly as I had hoped and (almost) exactly as pictured.

Before the End of 2013, I will finish…

With just one month left in the year, I feel really good about all I have accomplished this year so far. I just have a few loose ends to tie up or finish off before the new year: several works in progress I’d like to accomplish before the end of 2013:

Ulysses Butterfly Cowl: An absolutely lovely yarn from Solar Flair Fibres in tropical Cairns, Australia. Perfect to make a scarf for my MIL, thought I’d make it a cowl but I really think a basic straight scarf with the ends folded for a single large tassel on the ends will be best.

I’ve decided I do not like cowls….that’s a whole ‘nother post for another day.

Pizzelle Beret: Purchased the yummy yarn from Avril at the Tokyo Yarn Crawl last month. This pattern did not start out well for me, who is horribly counting impaired. Still slowly stitching away on my Pizzelle Beret, which I call my Sand Dollar Variation, because I erred in the pattern and it only has a total of 5 ‘petals’ vs. the 6 clearly stated in the well-written pattern. At about 60% complete, it looks great and I’m really happy with both the yarn and the pattern.

Purple Baby Alpaca Scarf: My easy train knitting, no rush to finish, but it is starting to get large enough to no longer be a convenient piece in which to work on a crowded train. Soooo yummy soft and so super warm I would like it finished soon for the coming cold winter.

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Hanging Scrolls (3): ideas and materials are put together, just the embroidery design work needs to be added, hanko signed and then post them on Etsy!

That’s enough to finish for December in addition to all the other long term projects in which I am also working. Such as the editing of my Tako Like Cookbook, some bookbinding homework, and the boring task of decluttering the house a bit for the New Year.

Waaay in the back of my mind I am currently mulling…Camping indoors with Granny Squares…I remember a childhood experience of being sick at my grandmother’s house, of her helping me build a fort in the living room in front of the tv in which I stayed until I felt better. Long bouts with chicken pox, childhood flu, and colds were spent under that living room fort covered with Granny Square blankets. ¬†I have no idea why I’m remembering this, but I still don’t have the urge to actually make a granny square blanket so your safe :)

Crochet Pattern User Error(s)!

Counting is not my forte. It’s the challenge that would get I and my partner kicked off of an episode of Amazing Race. Clearly this counting impairment runs deep and makes a real, written pattern much more difficult than it really is.

I’m on my 3rd attempt to complete the beautiful Pizzelle Beret by Linda Permann.

The first time my swatch was too big, the hook size I used was a wee bit larger than recommended. The second attempt was a little better and I think each row I finished I had to rip out at least once because I missed one simple, little, “2dc in next dc,” that created count errors when working the next row.

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After completing Row/Round 9 for the second time I realized that I don’t have enough repeats! I have no idea how I only have 5 repeats instead of 6? So now what do I do? Rip it out again and try for a 4th time? But the swatch measures correctly with the 5 repeats and finally using the correct hook size. Adding in the 6th repeat will make the beret swatch too large.

So, as usual, I’m doing my own plan. Not because there is a problem with this clearly, well-written pattern, but the thought of starting over again is well, just plain demoralizing. I would really like to get this beret done. Besides, I’m curious to see where this “Sand Dollar Variation” is going :) Wish me luck!

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