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orange_fizzies
« on: November 24, 2006 09:28:59 PM »

OK I have frogged it twice.  I counted the foundation chain OUT LOUD with my room mate to make sure I got it right.  I've been up and down this forum eighteen thousand times.  And no matter what, my first row on my sweet pea shawl only has 18 SHELLS!

Am I going crazy?  I checked the pattern and checked it again.  I see that some of you had this problem when starting out, how did you resolve it?  I'd just keep going with the 18 shells but I don't want to do the math and figure out if it would ever come to a point!

SAVE ME!  I'm losing my MIND!
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IamSusie
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2006 09:31:08 PM »

There are some errata in the book.  Did you check the errata page on Debbie Stoller's website? 
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orange_fizzies
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2006 09:50:27 PM »

aye captain!  sadly, the only correction in the pattern is for row three, and my problem is happening far before that..... I think I might just try it with 18 shells and see what happens.  The worst will be if I have to frog it again!

Smiley

*** I just figured out that I am 18 stitches short at the end to make the other two shells that I need.  This means that I am using one too many chain stitches per shell.  But I've checked the pattern again and again, and I can't figure it out!***
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IamSusie
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2006 08:58:51 AM »

I haven't tried that pattern yet, but I want to learn it.  Later, maybe tomorrow, I can give it a go and see what's up.  Sorry!  Good luck!
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Dess
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2006 08:29:41 PM »

Mine ended up absurdly short as well on the shells.. I just went with it. I figured I had lost count of something, somewhere, but it was almost impossible for me to count the stitches with the yarn I used.. mine came out alright though!
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tilliev
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2006 10:48:14 AM »

Mine was started with 18, too.  It's still plenty big, and works out fine.  I say just go with it. I appreciate your posting, though, since I felt deeply crazy when it happened to me. 
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funkyjunkie
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2006 02:13:02 PM »

I only had 18 shells, too ...

My first go-round I had 16, even with the 202 fdn chain. So, second go-round was 18 after more careful counting. It might just be a goofy fdn chain ... mine kept twisting so I guessed on some stitches.

One thing I noticed ... the pattern from nexstitch.com says the width is 47-48 inches, and it's stated much longer in the SnB book. Can't figure that one out.

Check your gauge. If it seems to be coming out alright, just keep moving along. I just finished mine (minus fringe yet), and it can really cruise along in the last half when you have the pattern down (and I was confused at first).
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orange_fizzies
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2006 08:54:57 PM »

Wow!  ok thanks everyone for your help on this one!  I thought I was the only one who was absolutely crazy.  So you've made it with the 18 shells and it still came to a point and everything?  Because that's hot, and I can just keep going then Smiley

YOU ALL ROCK!

Chandra
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orange_fizzies
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2006 09:09:32 AM »

But wait!  There's more!

I tried this with crocheting only in the back loop of the foundation chain, and had enough foundation left to do - you guessed it! - 20 shells.

It seems like putting five stitches into one chain squished the chain next to it, making it impossible to count that squished one (if that makes sense?).  That explains why I lost one stitch for every shell.

It's working up quite nicely now!
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IamSusie
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2006 09:36:24 AM »

WooHoo!  Good work.. I never got to try it out... Maybe I still will.
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