(I really wish I could show you artsy photo like Kat does, but I seem to be incapable of those. Mine seem to be always all fact-sy and informational.)
The sleeves on my Chartreuse are done to the top of the increases. That’s what all those stitch markers are marking, above — increases. Because I cannot be counted on to count correctly (see what I did there?) The color in the right-hand photo is more accurate, in case you are wondering. What I am wondering is whether I should frog these back to the beginning of the increases and do them every 3 rows instead of every 4 as the pattern calls for. I tried the sleeves on over a long-sleeved tee shirt, which is how I will probably wear the sweater, and the sleeves seemed a little snug. Are they so snug I will resent them every time I wear the sweater? Possibly, which seems to indicate frogging is in order. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the sleeves knitted up — the second time! to be explained below — so it shouldn’t be too painful.
I had the sleeves done about halfway through the increases when it occurred to me to check my gauge, Which turned out to be w-a-y off. I frogged back to the ribbing, then decided to do another gauge swatch using Addi Turbos instead of the Knit Picks Options I was knitting the sleeves on. After I soaked the swatch and let it dry, the gauge was spot on.
The body of the sweater is knit in one piece from the bottom, which will be a lot easier if I have a circ with a really long cable. Two choices: a Knit Picks Option or the Knitter’s Pride, pictured above. But needles can vary slightly, and given the tens of thousands of stitches I will be making in the sweater, I really, really don’t want to be felled by gauge issues.
Smokey’s micrometer to the rescue! Both the Addi Turbo #6 and the Knitter’s Pride #6 are .158 inches in diameter. The Knit Picks #6 is .157 inches. Would 1/1000 of an inch make a difference? I don’t know, and I really, really do not want to find out The Hard Way. If 300+ stitches on the 36″ Knitter’s Pride circ become to cumbersome, I can order a longer circ, no problem.
I cast on the 300+ stitches on Monday night and started to place the markers to separate the cable sections. For some reason the pattern has you place the markers after casting on the stitches; if I had been clever and READ THE NEXT LINE OF THE PATTERN I could have saved myself a lot of extra counting. But I wasn’t, so I didn’t. In the midst of placing the markers I remembered that I always have to alter patterns to allow enough room for my my Hips Of Substance™. Figuring out exactly where to put those extra stitches was too much for my 9pm brain, so that will have to wait.
One thing I salute in this pattern: it starts out with the sleeves. Why don’t more designers do this? A sleeve is a built-in gauge swatch. (Why did it not occur to me to soak and measure my initial sleeve? User idiocy, I guess.) And knitting the sleeves first means never being stranded on Sleeve Island. I suspect the designer did this because it is fundamental to the construction of the sweater.
Anyway, I am still keen on this sweater. (I am also jealous of those of you with 32″ bust lines who can turn out a sweater over a weekend. This one will take me months, assuming I can stay monogamous to it; years if not.)
I finished When Breath Becomes Air. Excellent book, excellent writing.
Right now I am intent on finishing the book for my book group, Dear Mrs. Bird, a frothy read about a WWII young woman to takes a job as assistant to a steel-corseted advice columnist. It is a pleasant read and a decent account of what 1940 London was like. I am fond of the women in my book group; I just wish they would choose books with a bit more substance. Oh, well.
Go check out all the Unraveled Wednesday post over at Kat’s!
Artsy photos are made more artsy with the portrait mode on my iPhone.
I have learned that my gauge differs between small circumferences (like sleeves) and larger circumferences (like sweater bodies) But, I do love the idea of starting with sleeves and I especially love when designers tell you to read ahead so you know what is coming up. Because, I apparently need direction to do that as well!
I really love that yarn!
I always start with sleeves. Best swatch ever! XO
That is such a lovely color!
I always start with sleeves, too. Perfect gauge swatch since it’s the real thing, and it’s not so much knitting that I regret having to frog it if gauge is off. (I’ve currently got three half-sleeves that I’ve knit on three different sets of needles, trying to hit gauge…)
I admire your sticking with it ! I would have frogged it . And you are not alone. I am cannot be counted on to count correctly either. I love the yarn . I will go back a few posts to see what the yarn name is and color.
it is knit picks city tweed ! Beautiful
I love using sleeves as a gauge swatch, but I’m not comfortable enough with sweater knitting yet to start with the sleeves when the pattern doesn’t call for that. Maybe someday — of maybe I’ll just find more sweaters I want to knit that start with the sleeves. Your progress looks great, even if you decide to frog it to make the sleeves wider. (I wouldn’t blame you. I’ve had similar experiences with finished sweaters and tight sleeves.)
We will not discuss the sweater that demands all its parts be frogged – okay it’s operator error, but I am so sick of it. I’m planning on knitting the two sleeves at the same time, on the next sweater. That might be stupid too. Whatever, I gave up and cast on socks. I need a break.
I love your use of the micrometer, but I might consider quitting knitting if 1/1000th of an inch makes a difference. (Just one of the reasons I don’t knit sweaters.)
I do the same thing with stitch markers and sleeves. In fact I use a lot of stitch markers for everything – marking the right side, the beginning of a round, the first round of ribbing. Counting over and over takes the joy of out my knitting. Good luck with that sweater. I do like the yarn.