When you have a creeping feeling in your gut that something is just not right with your knitting, you should pause, take a deep breath, and reread your pattern. And then maybe reread it again. And again, if necessary.
I actually did that a couple of times and I kept missing the tiny little mention of an increase that would make a big difference in the shaping. I kept looking at my first try and wondering why there was an angle on the side that should have been a straight edge. I just kept going, enjoying the knitting, not really pondering why the piece was getting longer but not wider. I got a good part of the way through one repeat of the chart and it wasn’t until I put a picture from my post on Instagram and looked at others with the same hashtag that it finally became totally clear that some element was missing. I sat down and ripped out until I was sure I was at a part that was completely correct, then I carefully read the line by line instructions. The pattern designer, Ysolda Teague, was kind enough to provide both. And then I saw it. The little mention of an increase on RS rows that had completely escaped me when I looked at that part of the pattern each time before. Sigh. I felt doubly dumb since this is the second time I’m making this shawl. Ah, well. It’s a colorful, squishy, and thoroughly enjoyable knit, so it wasn’t such a shame to reknit it. I’m further than yesterday and it now looks correct.
I just couldn’t leave that incorrect picture hanging out in cyberspace to confuse others. I’m grateful for the part social media played in helping me to correct my mistake much sooner than I might have. Back to knitting!