Some of you may have noticed that there is a free pattern link here on my blog for a Five Hour Baby Sweater. This is a pattern that I adapted from this version of the original when I was a relatively new knitter. At the time, I found the math involved in making this sweater bigger to be tedious and exhausting, so I decided to publish my work in the side bar of my blog. If it hadn't been for Ravelry, chances are no one would know about my bigger Five Hour Baby Sweater pattern, but there are currently 102 projects on Ravelry, so I guess people are knitting it.
Guess what? There is a mistake in the pattern. It's not really a mistake, but a wildly unclear instruction. As I mentioned, when I first rewrote the pattern, I was a clueless newbie knitter and I thought that the unclear instruction was just something I didn't know about yet, so I skipped it when knitting the sweater myself, but for some reason I included it in the pattern. Now I get a lot of email and blog comments from people saying "How the hell does that work???," so I thought I'd address the situation.
I put the correction in the pattern notes on Ravelry a long time ago, but aparently there are still some knitters who aren't on Ravelry. I know I should just fix the pdf, but who knows how to do that? Not me. The pdf was made for me and emailed to me by some kind, knitting stranger and as such, I can't make corrections, nor would I know where to start if I could. Someday I will get Bob to help me write a new pdf, but until then, here's the news you can use...
When the pattern says "Bind off leaving the last stitch on the needle, " don't do it! Just bind off all of the stitches, sew up the sleeve and continue on your merry way. If anyone has any clue what the leaving the last stitch on the needle business is all about, let me know. I've never been able to figure it out and now that I know what I'm doing, I know that it's not just me. Hopefully this simple correction will find its way to those in need of a little help.