I wanted a knitting challenge when I selected Mr. Bluejeans as a project. I also really, really wanted it to be for myself. Last week I got a little worried that it wouldn't fit me, after all. I mean, after swatching twice, measuring often and a few prayers thrown in that I had it right, it seemed small. Too small. Even though it was a top down cardigan, and therefore could be tried on for size, it was at a point that I couldn't do it without risking loss of live stitches (well I could, but I was too lazy to put almost 300 stitches on waste yarn), so I tried it on Sara.
Praise be! It was too big on her! I secretly think she was a little saddened by this as rather than rip and start over, I always finish my mistakes in size anyway and give them to her. I knew as she modeled for me that I was on the right track. I forged ahead with the difficult parts.
|Pay no attention to the woman in the mirror wearing monkey pajamas. She's overjoyed the top down cardigan is to a point she can actually try it on herself and she forgot to dress for the occasion.|
Stop knitting with wrong side facing.
Provisionally cast on 54 stitches and find out when you pick them up and knit the first row, you actually need 55 cast on stitches to make it work. Fudge that last stitch because who wants to do another crochet provisional cast on?
Think about the pattern for a minute or two (ok, really a couple of days) before forging ahead. Realize it's not as crazy as it sounds because you've knit applied borders before. Ruby gave me migraines!
Knit the first four rows of the edge and gloat because what looks hard as hell is so damned easy once you let it go and stop over-thinking things.
Read the pattern where it says repeat row 1 through 4 until all of the waiting stitches are gobbled up by the knit two togethers on the right side of the edging.
Read the pattern where it says the edging has 12 rows and the two cabled rows are decidedly different.
Oh, oh. Pause. Write the designer and ask which set of directions is correct. Don't hear back and still itching to knit?
Read all of the project notes available from the other 26 people who have knit this.
Come across one reference that this was an issue for her, too.
Pause again. Take photos. Think about it.
Decide to do rows one through 4 until all the stitches are gobbled up and ignore the rest.
Wish me well. I think I'm done dragging my feet and will throw knitting caution to the wind.