So, I’ve been plugging away at that sweater for about a week now, doing a few rows here and there after supper and before bed. This image shows where I was three days ago. Today I finished the yoke. I’m already much further along than I ever thought I would be on knitting my own sweater. I guess this should be my proof to never say never, eh?
I’m making the Lion Neck Cardigan from Custom Knits. It’s a top-down raglan construction, which is knit-speak for “least scary kind of sweater for a newbie,” and so far the pain has been minimal. There was the casting on (easy), then the first increase row (easy), then the second increase row (easy) repeated a bunch of times (boring-ish, but easy).
And that’s all there was to the yoke. I counted the stitches at the end just to make sure that I had done all of the increasing correctly:
- 22 stitches front left. Check.
- 22 stitches front right. Check.
- 46 stitches left sleeve. Check.
- 46 stitches right sleeve. Check.
- 58 stitches across the back. Crap.
I have 72. 14 extra stitches. Like, five inches of extra width. Crap.
You know, I think I’m just going to keep on with this, extra inches and all. After another few rows of knitting, I should have sleeve holes and be able to try it on to evaluate the damages. Maybe it will be ok? Maybe I was making a size too small to begin with and this will make it all better? Probably wishful thinking, but what the heck.
The math geek in me is curious how I ended up with an extra 14 stitches… I’m off to curl up with the pattern and calculate where I went wrong. And then I’m going to cross my fingers and keep on knitting. Ever the optimist, apparently.