Katherine the Great
I like to think of myself as a storyteller. Mostly I tell stories about knitting.

I had almost finished the blue cowl and was working on the final border. I glanced at the pattern and worked 4 rows just like the first border and then read the directions for binding off. “Bind off loosely purlwise on the wrong side.” I sent Alicia a quick email about how I would need to bind off on the right side after completing the border.

She graciously responded that I should bind off on the wrong side so the number of rows would be the same before the first shell and after the last one. She was kind enough to write that it wasn’t that big a deal if I’d bound off on the right side. She was even more kind not mention that it sounded as if I had no idea what I was doing and was actually not qualified to be test knitting at all and maybe even should have my needles confiscated.

I looked at the knitting and looked at the pattern. um. HOW does one bind off on the wrong side after the border? I don’t get it. I’m not proud to say that I sent her a second email asking how I should bind off on the wrong side after the border. I know how knitting works and after a wrong side row, you have to do a right side row when knitting flat. It’s like gravity. That’s how it works.
That’s how it works if there are supposed to be four rows in the final border.
Blue Estonian Stitch Cowl

But.
Blue Estonian stitch cowl on Sydney
If the pattern actually says that there are only THREE rows in the ending border, well, then, my knitterly friends, then, I think we all know, you can in fact bind off purlwise on the wrong side just as the lovely Alicia suggested from the beginning.
Yes, I bound off on the wrong side and sent her an apologetic email to tell her what an arse I am.

Ps. I’ll post a link as soon as she has this pattern out. This is a fun quick perfect for gifts knit and I want to share the love.
Pps. Check out what others have finished at Tami’s Amis and Wisdom begins in Wonder


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4 Comments

  1. I would have done the same thing. Sometimes you just have to look at it a different way.
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    • Katie says:

      I start to see a pattern and stop reading the actual pattern…I’m a little sheepish because me reading it is kind of the whole point of testing one for someone. eep.

  2. Alicia says:

    ” She was even more kind not mention that it sounded as if I had no idea what I was doing and was actually not qualified to be test knitting at all and maybe even should have my needles confiscated.”

    This made me laugh out loud! You were a really great test knitter, actually, don’t beat yourself up over it! I’ve had plenty of people test who seemed to not read the pattern at all… which is why I have multiple testers. I’m still just grateful that people want to knit what I design, so no worries! :) I should be ready to release the pattern next week.

    • Katie says:

      yay! well, I generally feel like I do a fairly good job of reading, but the fact that it took me two full days to realize I was knitting a row NOT in the pattern was good for keeping me humble. :)
      congrats on the pattern!


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