Thinking that it's high time I learn to "join as you go" when crocheting motifs, I have taken up "Jubilee" shawl, from Amanda Perkins. I love the design and, really, how hard could joining as you go be?
I'm sure that it's a piece of cake for many crocheters. I am not one of them, but I'm determined to power through it! :-) It's not that it's that difficult, it's just that I've been resistant to reading crochet charts. I recently conceded, you may remember, to the value of reading knitting charts, instead of written instructions. I was going to hold out on the crochet chart thing, though. I gave it my best shot, I patted my self on the back when I finished the first row of 10 motifs, all joined together.
The problem is, I was looking at the general diagram for how the hexagons were arranged, not the chart, so I joined at only half the points that I should have. Oops!
Only when I had to join a neckline, sort of half, motif did I realize that I had missed some (ok, a lot of) points on the first row. And I might have been able to continue to do it without the chart had I not had to work in those doggone neckline motifs, but the stitches on it were different enough from the full motifs that I couldn't quite "read" and match them as the join points aren't written into the instructions.
It took me more than an hour, and a couple of false starts but I figured it--read the chart and worked the joins. I am going to fake it on the first row (I'm a quilter; I can fake it...)
It pains me to say it, but not as much as it did to try to do it without reading the chart--I really needed to learn to read crochet charts.
Oh, dear; does this mean I am growing up in my knitting and crocheting? Horrors! Next they'll make me gauge....