Set it on fire!

I think I’m an idiot when it comes to this cardigan pattern.

I’ve had so many issues with it that I just don’t think I should have had…and then I feel like a jerk for complaining about it because is it really the pattern or is it just user error?

I’m on the very last bit of it — just an 1.5″ of ribbing left and I weave in the ends.

…but for the life of me, I can’t get the set up stitches to line up right.  The whole thing decreases from 215 to 214 to force it into a 2×2 ribbing scheme.   …but it does so through a series of makes and decreases, so it’s a bit bizarre but I’ll go along with it.

The problem happens with the ribbing.

There’s a line of 2×2 ribbing stretching across 14 stitches that has traveled from the armpit down.  It’s supposed to continue down through the ribbing at the bottom that I’m supposedly working on now.  The instructions even mention the marker in the middle of the armpit ribbing and how it’s supposed to be purled on both sides.

BUT when I follow the directions for the rest of the pattern about where to add and decrease and where to start the 2×2 ribbing for the rest of the hem, it doesn’t match; it ends up exactly opposite of what it should be on one side.

I even wrote out all of my stitches and all of the stitches in the pattern to make sure I wasn’t insane and misreading something.

I counted everything at least a dozen times last night to make sure I wasn’t especially crazy.  I have the correct number of stitches and in the right places.

Sure enough, when I checked Ravelry and started digging in everybody’s notes, and it seems several other people that are making the cardigan in size L are having the same issue — some noted the issue with the pattern because they’re crazy and have made this damned thing several times and some figured it was just them having made a mistake along the way.

…so at least I’m not alone.  That always helps with sanity levels.

Now, how the hell do I fix this thing to force it to look right?




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