I had a recent “knitting crisis” that really shook my world. I wrote about it in my newsletter this week, but want to reach as many people as possible that may have purchased Lucente, my best selling pattern on ravelry.
Last week I discovered an error in Lucente. It wasn’t just a typo, or a number off somewhere;- both of which would make me want to crawl under the table; it was the entire guts of the design. The stitch pattern!
I was (and still am) in such horror and disbelief that something like this could have happened. The stitch pattern should have been a purl based pattern, but was written up as a knit based pattern. How could that be, you wonder? I went back to my notes.
But my notes said k2tog! There it was in front of me. I guess that’s why I never doubted it. Not until one knitter wrote to me and questioned the pattern. She could see a difference between what she was knitting and the photo.
I just assumed it was in blocking. When the stitch pattern is knit in Tandem, from Tahki yarns, as the original was- it spreads when it’s washed or steamed (in other words, blocked). It does look dramatically different. So I sat down and did two swatches. One I blocked and one I didn’t.
Feeling pretty smug, I took a picture to send her.
Then I started to take a picture of a close-up of Lucente.
That’s when the paranoia sat in. They were different. The knit based pattern criss-crossed with an upward slant to the right and clear stitches knit together – creating an angular mesh. But Lucente didn’t. It created a more rounded mesh.
I panicked and sat down with my needles again and worked a p2tog where I’d worked a k2tog before. I didn’t even need to do a second row. I could see it immediately.
Yikes- what to do?
That’s when I stopped writing the newsletter I was going to send and started working out a plan. If you get my newsletter, you’ll know I was stunned to the point I could not even write; I simply wrote a quick “I am in the midst of maybe the worst knitting crisis in my life this morning. When I recover I’ll tell you all about it.”
I thought back to when I knit Lucente. It was during my trip to Italy to teach the Knitting in Tuscany workshops in the fall of 2013. It was such a simple stitch pattern that I must have neglected to even write it down. Based on the chronological order of where I found it in my notes, it must have been well after the trip ended and I’d knit several other sweaters from that collection- Tuscan Knits- by then. I still suspect the purl based notes are somewhere- but that’s the problem with knitting and traveling- or not keeping all notes in one place (as I do now).
When you look at the listing on ravelry of Lucente, you see these two photos:
The blue version is Lucente. The gold version is Atlanta Mesh Top. They are listed together on ravelry under the name of Lucente because Tahki Stacy Charles published it in their Metro Knits book this spring under the name of Atlanta Mesh Top. There are no errors if the pattern was purchased based on Atlanta because it is a knit based pattern. The problem is for those that bought Lucente based on MY model garment.
Lucente should read p2tog instead of k2tog.
Looking at the two photos, it’s understandable how the stitch pattern might go undetected for so long. The Lucente photo does not show the stitch definition clearly- but that’s another subject for another time.
So this is what I did (after a hard work out on my rower followed by long yoga session); I first split the two patterns apart and uploaded both into ravelry under Lucente. Then I wrote an apologetic note to all who had purchased Lucente with the links to both corrected versions (and a coupon to download another pattern of mine at no charge). In the end, they got 3 patterns for the price of 1. Not exactly lemonade out of lemons, but it’s the best I could do. For now, when you purchase Lucente, you get both versions. We may eventually separate them into two individual listings, or combine them both into one pattern listing the two different stitch patterns. What do you think?
Ravelry isn’t the only place Lucente was purchased and I’m still reaching out trying to find anyone who may have bought the hard copy from me at a show or through my website. If you did, please let me know!
And to everyone that purchased Lucente, my sincere apologies!