But I continued to be vexed by 21 stitches on one side of the face and 17 on the other. Looking at the photo of the finished piece it was hard to see since the piece is finished as a stuffed stand up. I expressed my frustration at stitching the other night and Pat (Thank you, I mean it sincerely!) found the problem. Seems when I was doing that government job of making a copy of the pattern at work, the edge of the pattern did not copy. Four columns of stitches were not shown on my copy.
Because I stitched each row as long armed cross and ended the thread on each row......I had no choice but to frog 5 to 6 stitches on each row. It was a bit like weeding in my flower bed.
Below, on the right side is the TRUE edge of the side of Santa's face.
As of this morning, I have managed to weave in all the ends and re-stitch the hat and been able to continue with the white. So very glad I have been able to salvage my screw up and so very glad this Santa now has a balanced face.
Thanks for stopping by and keep on stitching......