May I step into the confessional? My Ranger cardigan has not been behaving. Operator error seems to be the cause.
Last weekend’s plan was to join up sleeves and body and git ‘r’ done. That didn’t happen. When I took a good look at Sleeve Number 1, I remembered (and verified) that the gauge had been too small by a quarter stitch per inch (yes, even after blocking), and that in response, I had changed up the needle size to get fewer stitches per inch on Sleeve 2 and the body. So my available knitting time from last weekend and most of the following week was spent knitting Sleeve 3 to the same gauge as the body and Sleeve 2.
That’s not the confessional part. That’s just a risk you take when you knit a sleeve as a swatch–it might turn out to be a sleeve-sized swatch; you might need to knit a third sleeve. You like knitting. It’s ok.
Saturday night, I cranked up the Apple TV for a night of joining up sleeves and body. It was fun. It went well. The three became one. I knit on, through all crises, including family viewings of Best Picture nominee films Room and Spotlight. I finished the 7 rows of pattern knitting after joining up the sleeves and body.
(It’s pretty, isn’t it?)
Sunday morning, I settled in on the sofa for a sweet session of tea with a friend, plus knitting. I turned the pattern to the next heading in the instructions:
“WORK SECOND SET OF SHORT ROWS.”
Ann. I had not worked a first set of short rows.
Nausea mounting, I flipped back in the pattern to find the first set of short rows.
Please let it be after the joinder, please let it be after the joinder.
It was before the joinder. After knitting to a certain measurement on the body, I was supposed to work 10 rows of short rows, and then “unite body and both sleeves onto one circular needle.”
So–this is how knitting goes sometimes. Facts had to be faced, and responsible action taken. What I had joined together, I put asunder. I am back to three parts, and have 10 rows of short rows ahead of me. Such is life.
Read the pattern, read the pattern, read the pattern.
Let’s Change the Subject, Shall We?
Reader Julibeth C. recently emailed to ask if our readers have suggestions for using up Lopi leftovers from our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong. Julibeth reported that she had been searching for Icelandic mitten patterns, without finding anything as special as the Stopover sweater. (Hey–you could always get a few more skeins and knit another Stopover.)
One thing I’ve seen on Instagram is a lovely Léttlopi version of the popular Baa-ble Hat, shown here in a variety of yarns including Lopi. I’ve also seen a cute toddler vest using the Baa-ble Hat chart depicting delightful sheep, in combination with tincanknits’ Peanut vest pattern (although I’m not certain that version used Lopi.). So that’s my contribution.
Readers, if you have other ideas for using up single skeins or bits of Léttlopi, please shout them out in the comments (links appreciated).
READ THE PATTERN.
P.S. Read the pattern.