Help: Fitted Knits Puff Sleeve Cardi

Hi, I’ve been working on the Puff-Sleeved Feminine Cardigan from Fitted Knits. I’ve just started on the Peplum, and I’m having trouble with the lace chart. Theorhetically, the stitches should come out perfectly, but I keep not having enough stitches at the end. It’s sized for 36, so I have 172 stitches. I’ve undone and redone this row a few times without success. Has anyone finished this pattern? I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, so if someone could explain how they got the chart to come out correctly, or even just explain how to read the chart correctly, that would be really helpful. I don’t want to let this project go to the graveyard. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

I don’t have the book and am not familiar with the pattern, but I found this list of errata for the book. I didn’t look for the pattern you’re doing, but maybe it’s listed here.

I’m not working on that pattern, but I am working on the Airy Wrap-Around Sweater in the same book. I’ve had a lot of problems with the cable instructions. I’ve noticed that the parts that are common elements in her designs (top down raglan parts) are very well written, and easy to follow. But the design elements that are unique to each pattern is not well written and/or has lots of errata. I did check the errata page for your sweater, but I don’t see any notations for the lace part.

The problem I found with my pattern is that the two ends of each row are asymmetrical. That would be fine if you were working around in a circle, but because it’s a cardigan, you’re working back and forth, which throws everything off. Here’s an example -

row 1 - p2, [k2, p2, k2, p3] repeat 4 times, p3.
row 2 - work the pattern as established (knit the knits and purl the purls).

Because of those asymmetrical ends, you can’t just read the same line and reverse the stitches. You have to reverse the stitches AND reverse the line, so that 1 end always starts and ends with a p2 and the other end always starts and ends with a p3.

I hope that made sense LOL. It took me a looong time and a lot of frogging and tinking to figure it out! I don’t know if this is the problem with your pattern, but you might want to look into it.

There’s also a knit-along here.
Maybe you can find some help there.

Thanks. I think I can figure something out if I put it away for a while, and try again when I’m not thinking so hard. Thanks for the help!