Oh, but this pattern is proving its talent for showing my faults!
Here I am, chugging along on the section with the vertical bars, feeling all confident and cocky. I’ve only got one or two rows yet to go—albeit the rows are edging toward 300 stitches by this point—and the end is in sight. I’m right on schedule, despite my earlier debacle.
…And then I see it. A sneaky little sentence tucked in behind what I THOUGHT was the end of this section, tagging along behind row 36 like a devious shadow: “Repeat Rows 1-12 once more. 335 stitches.”
What? I thought I was done and you’re telling me I’ve got almost 4,000 stitches to go????
Don’t get me wrong—it’s a beautiful piece. Everyone asks to see it when I knit it in public. But I suspect I’ll forever be thinking that “Metalouse" is french for “humbling.”