This past weekend, I impulsively invited myself to tag along with a group of pals who were setting off for a 3-day ski weekend in the Hudson Valley. My plan: to knit my head off and catch up with all y’all in our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong.
I wasn’t going to be driving or cooking, which already put some gas in my knitalong tank. But there was a kicker: I also wasn’t going to be skiing, skiing being a Thing I Don’t Do Well and Therefore Don’t Enjoy. Instead I would be home with the dogs, by the fire, gracefully swooshing down the indigo slopes of the shoulders of my Calligraphy Cardigan in Rowan Denim.
My plan worked! I ate good cooking cooked by others, I tromped around a little bit on mud roads of Columbia County, and I knit until I was blue in the hands.
Rowan Denim Modification Notes
These notes are for the few, the proud, the knitters who are banging out their Revolution sweater in Rowan Denim (high-five, Wanda! fist bump, Susan!) and also for denim-curious bystanders.
Recap: because Rowan Denim is meant to be washed and dried after knitting, and will shrink 15-20% in length, when using this yarn to knit a pattern that was not designed for it, you have to add 15-20% in length.
The principle I go by is to distribute that additional length between shaping points. You can’t just add it all to the bottom of the sweater, because that would make the yoke is a bit too short and raise the armholes above their intended spot on the wearer’s body.
Norah’s pattern for the Calligraphy Cardigan makes this easy to do, because it tells you measurements to knit to for each major section of the sweater. All you have to do is make each section 15-20% longer than the stated measurement.
In the case of the Calligraphy Cardigan, so far I’ve added:
2 extra rows after the cable chart was completed, before working the short rows.
4 extra rows before working the increase round.
8 extra rows after the increase round, before the division of the sleeves and body.
Now that I’m on the body, I’m adding 2 rows between each of the increase rounds for the hips.
At the end of the increases, before I get to the hem ribbing, I’ll measure to make sure the overall length is 15-20% longer than the pattern specifies, and add some rows there if needed.
Adding extra length is a snap. But it does slow down one’s knitalong progress by 15-20%, which means that in a fair world, denim-knitters should get an additional 5.6 days to cross the finish line.
See you on March 6!