I believe the baby and knitter from my previous post were fine at the time the progress on the baby afghan in question halted. I am certain that I have solved the mystery.
The knitter made a series mistakes while knitting the afghan. Interestingly, the same mistake was repeated in the same location as the afghan was worked. I believe the knitter did not know how to correct the mistake and did not was to undo the work that had been completed.
The stitch pattern was the two-row knitted ripple. The knitter had omitted a yarnover in the location for several rows and then it looked like the solution was to have added a yarnover, but it got added in the wrong location and consequently one vertical row of eyelets had taken a jog.
It took me a while to figure out the problem because there are 139 stitches across and they gather a bout to accommodate the needle length. I am not fond of ripping work with yarnovers because of the difficulty it can post when trying to pick up the stitches again. nor did I want to unknit the number of rows it required to fix the problem.
So, I found a quiet moment (moment here translates to two hours), ripped the knitting back down to where I could see the problem had started, reloaded the needles and then promptly knitted up the yarn I had ripped.
Since then, I have more than doubled the length of the baby afghan and can continue with the project. My gauge seems to be matching the original knitter’s, providing continuity to the piece.
So, added to the benefits from my purchase preciously mentioned, I also consider it an inexpensive knitting lesson, or maybe a skills refresher course, if you will. First of all, I have never actually produced an entire project using the two-row knitted ripple, but was familiar with it. Secondly, It’s good practice to solve knitting problems, know different ways to solve them, to transfer those skills to other knitting problems, and then to retain the skills over time. Yes . . . I take knitting seriously in that regard.
Methinks the baby afghan knitter had another obstacle to a completed project on the horizon had the knitting continued, however. I can already see it, but I am going to continue knitting anyway.
Any guesses as to the unforeseen problem? Don’t look at the photo for a clue. Rely on what you know about obstacles to completing a project.