Stahman's Shawls and Scarves, by Myrna Stahman
Errata - Robert Scarf - Page 107, Simplicity Is Deceptive
A hearty "Thank You" to Kathy Neal, of Fibercations, for discovering a
design error in Chart S2 of the Robert Seamen's scarf on page 107. As a
result of Kathy's questions, I discovered that my written instructions for
both Chart S1 and S2 contain errors. For these errors I do apologize.
An explanation of my design error in Chart S2. For knitters who prefer
to begin at one end of a scarf and knit to the other end, I charted this
"simple" four-row pattern in two directions. Chart S1 is to be used for one
end and Chart S2 used for the other end, resulting in mirror image tails -
or, so I thought. The problem as charted: Row 3 of chart S2 has the usual
12 yarn over increases, but has only 10 decreases - this won't work. My
instinct was to simply eliminate the first and last yarn overs in row 3; but
eliminating those yarn overs eliminates the mirror image of the pattern
My solution: Work a decrease into the last border stitch at the
beginning of row 3 and a decrease into the first border stitch at the end of
row 3. This maintains the integrity of the pattern stitch and results in the
correct number of stitches in each row. The correct written instructions for
Chart S2 - Row 3: Slip the first stitch as if to purl, k1, p1, k1, p1, ssk,
follow the chart, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k2. Or, written totally in words: Row
3: Slip the first stitch as if to purl, k1, p1, k1, p1, ssk, yo, (k2tog, yo,
k3, yo, ssk, yo, 3-to-1, yo) twice, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, p1,
k1, p1, k2.
The correct written instructions for Robert Scarf - Chart S1 are:
Row 1: B6, [(yo, ssk) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1] three times, ending
last repeat after the yo, B6.
Rows 2 & 4: B6, p 31, B6.
Row 3: B6, (k1, yo, ssk, yo, 3-to-1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2) three times, ending
last repeat k1 rather than k2, B6.
What appeared to be so simple reinforced something I learned many years
ago - the simplest question is often very difficult to answer. Thank you
Kathy for discovering my errors. Happy knitting - Myrna.