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« on: October 29, 2006 03:52:29 PM »

I just started on the Sweet Pea Shawl this morning. I have up to Row2 complete. Not a difficult pattern, really, but one you do have to pay attention! So far so good, even though it had me scratching my head for a bit as I was starting on Row1 & trying to following the directions properly.

Anyway, by the end of Row1, I only had 16 shells instead of 20? I guess it's possible my fdn was short; I didn't go back and count. I'm using TLC Cotton and size I hook. My assumption is that my fdn count is off because that should have little to do with gauge (??), but I'm wondering if anyone else has done this?

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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2006 09:42:43 PM »

An update ...

I checked my gauge. That looked right. Then, I counted the fdn. From what I could tell, I was short. I didn't count each stitch, but counted four for each space and one each for each shell & sc. So, that added up to 160.

So, I frogged the two rows. As I frogged the fdn, I counted and looks like I had the 202 I needed. So, how did I get the 16 instead of 20 shells. I was going to go ahead with it, but decided I should try & get it right.

I'm pretty sure I followed the directions to a T ... basically, the pattern is skip 4, make the shell pattern stitch in the 5th stitch, skip next 4 then sc in 5th stitch and repeat. That's right, isn't it?

Well, I'm thoroughly confused ... any suggestions on where I may have goofed?

My only thought is that my fdn was squirelly & I skipped more than 4 each time - doing the math, I would've used an extra 2.5 stitches for each shell - you should have 10 stitches per shell for 20 shells. Right?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts ...
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2007 08:57:22 AM »

Yes that's right, 10 stitches per shell in the foundation row.  I'm not really sure where you got off at.  If I recall I redid the first shell row once after I was off the first time and I still had to fudge a little to get the 20 shells in.  I used my tail from the start of my foundation row and chained more stitches going the wrong way to make my last shell or two fit.  I'm thinking that I just miscounted while I was doing the shells because my yarn was really hard to see stitches in.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2007 03:19:58 PM »

I noticed from another post about this that when you're doing the five stitches in one chain stitch, it's squishing up the stitch next to it so that people weren't seeing the stitch that they were supposed to skip, so they were skipping too many stitches, resulting in fewer shells.  When I made this, I kept an eye on the stitch next to the shell to make sure I knew where it was.  Smiley
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