Well, I did it. I knit myself a sweater. And I didn’t go completely batty with impatience, as I at one time thought that I might. And I even did it without making too many horrible mistakes. Two rather significant errors I made managed to cancel each other out, so no worries there.
I did end up ripping out the ruffle and re-doing it, but that only cost me a night of work, and given how badly I’d screwed it up at first was totally worth the effort.
I haven’t decided yet if I like it better with the shawl pin or without, but I think it can work both ways.
Pattern: Lion Neck Cardigan from Wendy Bernard’s Custom Knits book
Modifications (aka Things I Screwed Up and Then Pretended I Meant to Do): Lack of proper swatching led me to knit the body in a smaller gauge than called for. Also, I misunderstood the directions and increased an extra 14 stitches on the back portion. Together, these two things evened each other out somewhat, although I probably would have gotten a better fit, if I hadn’t made either mistake.
I also left off the crochet ties and am wearing it either completely open, or held together with one of the shawl pins I made.
Yarn: Cascade Rustic (a wool/linen blend) in color 03, 4 skeins.
Needles: Size 11 40″ circulars for the body (should have used 13). Size 13 DPN’s for the sleeves. Size 13 40″ circulars for the ruffle.
I’ve been wearing it all morning and am happy with it. I’m especially happy that I didn’t end up using 2 of the skeins I bought, and so now my scary expensive sweater is just plain expensive. No more scary. Whew. Will I do this again? You bet. Maybe even the same pattern. And in the correct gauge, no less…