It’s so relaxing, not having to haul ass to finish my Rhinebeck sweater this week. I don’t have a Rhinebeck sweater! Or, if you’re a glass-half-full person, I have many Rhinebeck sweaters, for all of my sweaters are eligible to be worn at any time, including Rhinebeck. (Assuming the weather cooperates, which doesn’t seem like the case for this upcoming weekend in Dutchess County: forecast is in the 70s. Sweater weather for only the most devoted and non-menopausal among us.)
My Granito, in Manos del Uruguay’s merino-linen blend, Milo. (The shade is Manchester, same as the pattern photography sample.) Loving this fabric and texture.
Last week, I devoted my airplane knitting time, and my sitting-around-with-Ann knitting time, to my Granito pullover. I had left Granito in the unfortunate position of sitting there with only one of its front shoulders, festooned with short rows, finished. When I pulled it out of the brining bag, I couldn’t even remember what size I was knitting, so I had to do some Knitting Forensics (math) to figure that out, then finish the first shoulder and work the second shoulder. Then, and only then, could I breathe easy and hit the stockinette straightaway down to the bottom of the armhole, working back and forth on the front.
The instructions for my size say to knit 7 inches, measured along the selvedge from the shoulder seam. This is the same length as the back piece, which is 7 inches long, and resting on a circular needle. At this point, the pattern instructs me to join up the front and back and start knitting the body in the round.
Here’s my concern: 7 inches is not a very deep armhole. I realize you don’t need a very deep armhole for a drop-shoulder pullover, because the opening hits lower on the arm, but when I tried this dangly thing on over my head, the shoulder “seam” was not very low down on my arm.
And I started to recall, in a vague way, that Judy Welles, who wore her beautiful Granito to New York last month, said something about wishing she’d made the sleeves bigger. (Did I just invent that, Judy?) (No, thanks to Ravelry, I have verified that Judy thinks the sleeves were too tight.)
Look! Judy “did an Easel” on the left sleeve of her Granito, when she ran out of her main yarn, Brooklyn Tweed Loft.
I hate to fool with a pattern that over 400 people don’t seem to have had much trouble with, but range of motion is a big deal for me. I can’t stand a sweater that doesn’t let the arms rotate and flail with ease. So, I’m modifying. I’m adding at least an inch to the front and the back before joining up the body.
This modification will lead to a cascade of other modifications, since the sleeve will now require more stitches to be picked up and then decreased down. Who knows what I’m letting myself in for! Fun!
Wish me luck, people. Or try to talk me out of it.
I’m open to suggestions.