OK, I'll be the first to admit that the last post was perhaps a bit premature. Hey, I was excited to have gotten something finished.
Thus it was that, after really looking at the difference between my clown-like collar and the original collar, I decided to go back and take a look at the instructions to see just where the hell it went off the rails.
And I found that the directions were
probably not all that well written. SURPRISE!
The pattern spells out the first 10 rows of the collar, because it has you doing some increases — then it says, quote:
Work even for 3", end wrong side row.
Obviously, I took this to mean, well, what it says: work an additional 3" from where I was after the first 10 rows. Wouldn't you? Well, perhaps not. Not if that means you spend a whole lot of time knitting
hundreds thousands of extra collar stitches, get it finished, try it on, and wonder why you look like Bozo Pierrot; then take a good, hard look at the picture and figure out that the overall collar width can't be a lot more than, say, the width of the model's hand — probably around, oh, 4" tops.
Apparently what they MEANT to say was:
Work even until entire collar measures 3".
Which turns out to be a fairly significantly different amount of knitting. About 11 rows' worth, if you must know. And, I might add, well over 250 sts per row.
Which I then ripped out. Cursing as I did so.
Cursing free patterns, pattern writers who say one thing and mean another, and my own lack of powers of observation — which seems to have been a hallmark of this project ever since the sleeves.
But, did I mention that the sleeves blocked out longer? As you can see, they even belled out a little bit. One tiny bonus.
So the final score is: 11 extra rows on the collar, plus one-and-a-half extra sleeves — and all the ripping out, in MOHAIR, that those two things entailed — less having to add any rounds to said sleeves after blocking.
I'm not sure I came out ahead on this one, but I do still like it!