The Carbeth preliminaries:

  1. Decide on yarn. Given that a 100% wool DK- or worsted-weight sweater is often too warm for me (hello, post-menopausal self!), Berroco Vintage — only 40% wool and machine-washable and -dryable — was the perfect choice.
  2. Order yarn. Don’t bother to glance at the pattern.
  3. Discover that pattern calls for double-stranded DK weight, not the worsted weight I ordered.
  4. Decide to keep the worsted Vintage. Why not? My stash is minimal. Not.
  5. Order Vintage DK in same color.
  6. Knit a gauge swatch. My gauge with a US#10-1/2 needle was spot-on. Perfect — score!
  7. Do the math to adjust the cast-on for my, er, substantial hips. Check.


The first knitting:

  1. Cast on the calculated # of stitches.
  2. Screw up the count; frog and cast on again.
  3. Repeat step 2, above.
  4. Repeat step 2, above.
  5. Screw up the set up for for the ribbing; frog and cast on again.
  6. Get the ribbing right this time.
  7. Knit the ribbing and about 6″ of stockinette.
  8. Despair over how the ribbing insists on flipping up.
  9. Put sweater on three circs and try on.
  10. Discover that, my math to the contrary, it is w-a-y too big. Did my hips magically shrink? Was my math off? Who cares?
  11. Frog and cast on again* with somewhat fewer stitches. Pray to the Knitting Goddess(es) that this is the right #.

* But first rewind the two skeins into cakes.

The second knitting:

  1. Work 3″ of ribbing. That frickin’ ribbing is gonna lie flat, dammit.
  2. Knit 7″ of stockinette.
  3. Put sweater on three circs and try on.
  4. Rejoice that it seems to be the right size.


The second knitting, cont’d:

  1. Notice that another sweater of somewhat similar shape tend to hang several inches shorter in the front due to my, er, substantial rack.
  2. Remember that this happens with pretty much every sweater I own.
  3. Decide to incorporate some bodice darts in the new sweater to combat this tendency.
  4. Mark the correct placement of darts on the sweater in #1, above.
  5. Compare placement to sweater OTN.
  6. Realize that I am at the correct place to start the short rows that will produce darts.
  7. Arbitrarily decide to do the wrap&turns every second stitch until I have completed ~12 rows.
  8. Discover this may not be the best rate of short-rowing.
  9. Frog back to beginning of dart section and begin do the w&t every fourth stitch.
  10. Discover that my w&ts look terrible.
  11. Frog entire dart section.
  12. Research German short rows. Perfect — score!
  13. Work entire dart section without reference to the second part of the German short-row video that shows how to do them after turning from the purl to the knit side.
  14. Knit the entire dart section.
  15. Discover when knitting that first row back over the w&t rows that I have completely screwed up half of them.
  16. Frog entire dart section.
  17. Study second part of the video more closely. Resolve to keep iPad close by as I knit the dart section and to refer to it frequently.
  18. There is no #16. This is the point where I am at the moment. Six and a half weeks after deciding to bang out make a Carbeth.


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10 Responses to Unraveled.

  1. Yikes! That sounds like 85% of my projects. I hope things get smoother for you:)

  2. Kat says:

    Oy… I am so sorry :/

  3. Helen says:

    lol love the ‘blow by blow’ description. A+ for persistence.

  4. Diane Nelson says:

    I admire patience because it is not in my DNA, although I can find no others in my lineage who has the problem. Rock on Super Knitter, Rock on!!

  5. Kym says:

    Ah. Knitting. Just nothing like it, eh????

  6. I GIVE You so much credit!!! Every knit can’t be easy. You will be so pleased having accomplished it when it is done and even as it is on its way

  7. gayle says:

    IOW, knitting.
    I’ve had projects almost that bad. Sometimes only sheer stubbornness can carry you through…

  8. Mary Jo says:

    This is why I do not knit sweaters for adults. I did knit a cardigan for my daughter once–she is not very knit worthy. I knit sweaters for babies and hope the baby will grow into it. I love shawls and cowls–lots of variety with no size worries. I hope the rest of the sweater is easy-peasy and exactly the sweater you want.

  9. Nicole says:

    I hope the Knitting Goddess(es) have heard your plea and that the knitting gets smoother from here on out!

  10. AJ says:

    I’m so glad that it’s not just me who knits like this! LOL

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