Has anyone made the Fireside Stocking from Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2007?
I started it last night. Man, I hate DPN when you’re starting out, but I finally got it going. You cast on 6 stitches and then you increase by knitting f&b into each stitch and then you end up with 12 stitches divided evenly onto 3 needles. I’m following a chart for the first time. If I’m reading my chart right, I keep increasing every other row (I don’t have the pattern right in front of me right now). The thing is, eventually I end up with the same number of stitches on 2 of the needles but more on the third needle. Every other row when I increase, I have exactly enough stitches that it seems I’m following my pattern perfectly (i.e. the pattern says K3, M1 and I follow that around on my needles and come out exactly right). However, on the rows where I don’t increase, my stitches seem off (i.e. I should knit all the way around - the chart has 4 boxes that tell me to knit the stitch) but on the last needle I end up with 1 stitch less than I should have (meaning I knit 4 all the way around, repeating that, but there are only 3 stitches at the end). I hope I’m making sense! Then when I go to my next round, it tells me to k4, M1 and I have exactly the number of stitches needed to do that all the way around.
So I’m wondering why I have more stitches on my third needle than needle 1 and needle 2, and why I’m seemingly off every other row?
(Also, I know it sounds strange, but I’m not using different colored yarns for this stocking. I’m making it in just 2 colors - one color for the toe and heel and another color for the foot/leg. I saw this in my LYS. The owner used this pattern but a different yarn and it was just GORGEOUS! Not that that matters as far as my question above…)