I’m revisiting Kate’s Cardigan again after quite a while. The back and right front sections are done. Fine. I’m currently knitting the left front. 10-4. I take a mental note of what’s been done already. Check. I re-read the chart because I’ve forgotten how to do the lace pattern. Roger. I count rows on the finished right side and tell myself, “15 more rows until underarm bind off”. A-ok. Then I knit. I knit 13, 14, 15, rows… 22, 23, 24 rows… 30, 31, 32 rows… Can you tell where I’m going with this? Sometime later on I think to myself, “Hmmmm, something doesn’t seem right”. Well duh, I forgot to bind off the underarm stitches or do any armhole shaping! Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the incredibly long and strange looking front because I was sitting at Starbucks. And I don’t own one of them new-fangled phones that takes pictures or walks your dog for you. So I ripped. And ripped. Very sad.
Then I get home and decide I better pin out the right front to check that it matches what I have so far for the left front. Turns out that not only did I knit too many rows, but since I picked up this cardigan after my little foray with other projects, my gauge has changed immensely. Like inches off, so now it’s way too wide. D’oh! As you can see in the picture below, I now have to rip back to where the needle is strung through a sad little row of knitting. What was she thinking? (That’s a reference to Judy Baar Topinka for you Illinoisans out there).
This just furthers my thinking that sweaters should NOT be made in pieces. That just calls for trouble with a capital “T”… I suggest to anyone making a cardigan in flat pieces, knit both fronts at the same time on one needle. That would at least make any mistakes uniform. 🙂
On the plus side, I get to use my Knit Picks blocking mats. Man, these things are really primo! If you currently use your bed or your carpet as a blocking board, might I recommend these instead?
I can not wait for my sock yarn to arrive! Should be here any day now…