Ms. Gardiner For the Defendant, Your Honor
As a preliminary order of business, I have to defend your honor as a so-called guru, seeing as how you’re my idol and everything. A Gentle Reader has expressed Astonishment that in all your born days, you have never Kitchenered. I think the answer to this mystery lies in the fact that a person could knit 1000 Rowan sweaters (and you’re getting close to that figure, aren’t you? only halfway, you say? count again! and remember you’re under oath!) without ever steeking OR grafting.
Rowanettes like to knit things flat, in as many pieces as possible, and then backstitch those puppies together. (Then we go out on the misty moors in our underwear and model them with sulky expressions.) It’s our 3-part training: knit flat, sew up pieces, model in underwear. (Then start another sweater.)
The Perfect Dadknit
You know me: quietly industrious. I’ve been quietly, industriously knitting on the Portly Dad Vintage 70s Cowboy-Hat Country Gentleman Raglan-Sleeved Cardi. I have finished all the pieces:
Aren’t they lovely? Don’t they look just like something Fred MacMurray would cozy up in right before lighting his pipe and solving a problem for one of his Three Sons? I love the garter rib pattern, inside and out. It reminds me of thermal underwear aka Long Johns, another leitmotif of Dad’s Personal Style.
Using Hubby as a model, I feel pretty confident that the length of the body and sleeves is Just Right. Now is the time to join the raglans and knit the front bands and shawl collar, and then sew the side seams. Why haven’t I done this? Procrastination again? Still? No! I haven’t done this because I’m not sure the cardi will be big enough around to fit Dad and Dad’s flannel shirt. Since he’ll be wearing it as a jacket, I want it to be roomy. I can’t be sure it will fit until I can try it on Dad, and I won’t be seeing Dad until at least Thanksgiving.
What will I do if it’s too small? I have the perfect answer!!!!!!! The answer is:
GUSSETS!!!!!!! I’ll insert panels in the sides in just the perfect width to make the sweater fit Just So. Since the gussets will make the armhole bigger, I’ll add a mini-gusset to the top of the sleeve, and decrease it down to a point so it fits into the sleeve without making the wrist too baggy. I’ve been thinking about gussets all the time, wondering whether to do them in a finer gauge, less tweedy wool (but still coordinating) so that I can run a lovely cable up the center, or whether I should just do them in a quiet, sturdy moss stitch in the same wool (of which I have SIX full skeins left).
I need some suggestions on that. Should Dad’s gussets ROCK or should they simply BE?
These are the things I like to think about, while others chop up their knitting.