I finished the Flidais Stole a while ago, so I’m going to do my best to recall my experience working with this pattern. It really is a beautiful piece, and I chose to work mine in Caron Simply Soft in off-white. Not for any particular reason, I just had a lot of it lying around the house that needed to get used up, and the stole was the perfect size for the amount of yarn I had left. So mine came out looking rather weddingish. I do know one person getting married in the fall, so perhaps she’d like it for her wedding. If not, I’ll hang onto it for whoever might want to use it. And if that ever happens, I’ll be sure to update this post with pics!
Anyway, onward to my experience. This pattern was one of the harder ones out of the Knit Picks Celtic Journey book, due largely to how many errors I found in the knitting chart. But if you can bear the errors and correct them according to my suggestions, it will come out just lovely. To make it as easy as I can, I’ll list my corrections in the order that they appear in the chart as you’re working. I marked my chart with a highlighter to remind myself of the incorrect stitch and that worked quite well for me.
Row 2, stitch 41 – Should be a pearl instead of a knit.
Row 9, stitches 23/24 and 67/68 – The cables are going the wrong way, reverse them.
Row 10, stitch 46 – Should be the ~ symbol for purl tbl instead of a knit.
Row 10, stitch 45 – Should be a knit instead of a purl.
Row 11, stitches 14 and 77 – Both should be purls instead of knits.
Row 25, stitches 23/24 and 67/68 – The cables are going the wrong way, reverse them.
Row 27, stitches 14 and 77 – Both should be purls instead of knits.
Row 28, stitches 47 and 44 – Both should be purls instead of knits.
Directions for 2/1 RCp are incorrect, do the stitch as follows: Sl 1 st to CN, hold in back; K2, P1 from CN.
Listing out the errors like that doesn’t seem like much, but it did take me a little while to work out the corrections my first time through the pattern repeat. Please also note that when listing the corrections, I listed what the symbol should be and not necessarily the stitch you will be doing. Remember that when knitting off a chart, your wrong side stitches will be different than for the right side, so pay attention to which side you’re working on and the symbol directions for the wrong side. With this pattern, the right side is the odd-numbered rows and the wrong side is the even-numbered rows.
One other thing to note while working this pattern is that sometimes the cables have you change stitches from a purl to a knit or from a knit to a purl as you’re cabling. If you’ve never encountered this kind of cabling before, it can throw you off a bit, but I promise that it is correct. Switching the stitch simply allows you to change how many stitches in a row are knits, making the piece more intricate and interesting. And doing so while in the middle of a cable will hide the switched stitch behind the cabled stitch so it won’t be noticeable.
Please feel free to drop a comment if you have any specific questions. I do my best to answer as quickly as possible, even if I don’t update my blog postings all that often. I know how frustrating it can be to work with a difficult pattern and not be able to find any help or guidance. Knitting is my passion and I want to do everything I can to help others enjoy this hobby as much as I do. Here’s how mine came out in the off-white color:
I have also recently completed the Barra Pullover sweater. Twice, in fact! That will be my next update. I hope to complete every pattern in the Celtic Journey pattern book eventually, but it may take me some time. I know I’ve said it before, but life has gotten quite busy and it’s sure to only get busier. More details on that later. For now, I’m working on another cross stitch (this one’s a dragon!) and I just bought some material for a baby shower gift (another one!).
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