Honestly, though, I haven’t knit much on it, except in the evenings (watching Longmire), when it should be too dark to knit on the black cardigan. But this past weekend, I didn’t even set it aside for that.
Because Saturday afternoon, just as I was getting ready to start the short row shaping at the bottom of the body, I finally counted all the stitches. The fronts were good (I’d counted them periodically to be sure they matched and I hadn’t forgotten to make one of the “every six rows” increases along the front edge), but the back was not. Looking carefully – in the bright light of Starbucks – I found the problem. Way back – nearly 80 rows back – I’d worked a right lifted increase when I should’ve worked a left.
I ripped. and you can be sure I counted often as I reknit the body! Monday I finished the body and started the first sleeve. Now it just needs a second sleeve (and a good soak) and it’s done.
It’s really hard to photograph a black sweater, especially on rainy day, but if you look really carefully, you can see the pretty lines down the back – right lifted increases on the left side and left lifted increases on the right. just like Heidi designed it!
Now that I’m feeling really confident about finishing this piece, I’m wondering what else I could knit for our trip (we leave two weeks from Friday … that gives me ten days). I have about 900 yards of Maggiknits Linen that I’ve been thinking would be a cardigan, but maybe it should be a easy tank I could layer? Unfortunately, the “easy tank” I want to knit is this one (yep, another Heidi design) and my swatching so far hasn’t worked (gah, I even tried the yarn doubled … and even if the fabric hadn’t been stiff like canvas, I decided there was no way I could knit with six strands!) So now I’m contemplating a trip to my LYS to buy Kestrel, but not until I finish the black cardigan. I must say, a little yarn purchase might be just the push to make that second sleeve fly off my needles!
That said, I’d really like to use the yarn I have. If you have any suggestions for 900+ yards of yarn that knits nicely to 4-1/2 stitches per inch, please share them in the comments! (thanks in advance 😀)
Check out the comments in Kat’s post here to see what others are unraveling about today.