If the pattern says "cast on 114 stiches", why then did I cast on 118 stitches?
Long-time blog readers will remember my counting mishap with Venus. What on earth is wrong with me? In third grade I received an "N" (needs improvement) for "Follows Directions". Apparently that "N" should have been a big warning that I was headed toward a lifetime of knitting disasters.
All it means is that once again I need to rip and redo. That makes four times, if you're keeping track. Clearly, I am not worthy of the title of "knitter". Frogger, yes. Knitter, no.
The waist shaping dilemma remains. In the end I decided to customize it, and I have the feeling that I need to remove eight stitches from each side to keep the ribbing count on target.
Let me leave you with something cheerful: