Day 6: Progress On the Yoke is No Joke, Folks

I don’t actually have all that much to report today. I’m just doing repeats on the yoke right now – it’s a 4 row repeat with raglan increases, and it’s going pretty smoothly.

I imagine that this is going to be a common theme now that I’ve done some of the trickier bits of this cardigan. It may seem like it’s going to get a little boring, especially when I hit the body of the sweater, but I want to keep doing these posts every day so I promise I’ll try to make it interesting.

It’s really cool to see how the back and arms are taking shape on this sweater. I feel like I’m actually starting to see what it’s going to become, which is a marvelous feeling, and definitely makes for good motivation. It is, admittedly, increasing much more quickly than I anticipated, and I may need to get a longer cord for my circs if it gets much bigger.

I’ve only hit two snags so far.

First, I missed one increase in one of the last rows that I did. This was about 4 rows back on a yoke that is well over 100 stitches now, so there was no way I was pulling back just to fix one missed increase. Instead, I put in an increase into my non-increase row, and just rolled with it. Hey, I’ve got the right number of stitches and the fix is totally not noticeable unless you know what you’re looking for.

And anyway, I always tell myself, “If I wanted it to look perfect, I’d just buy a sweater.”

The only other thing going on that isn’t great is that my finger is starting to get quite sore from all the purling.

I’ve been really spoiled lately, most of my projects have been largely knit stitch bases. And as a Continental knitter (AKA a picker), the knit rows that I do get to do on this sweater go super fast. Purl rows go much slower for me, and they have a particular rhythm to them that for some reason can set me on edge.

Unfortunately, because of the way that I hold the needles and yarn, I also easily start chafing the index finger on my left hand when I’m purling.

But I’ve done extensive purling on projects before, and I’ve always gotten through it. Either my movements will adjust so that I’m not rubbing that finger as much, or my skin will toughen up.

Or, I suppose, a third option might be that I end up having to take frequent breaks on the project, which is not acceptable. If that seems to be the way I’m heading, I’ll probably have to make a conscious effort to retrain my hands. I’ve done it before – I had to completely relearn how to knit about 6 years ago after developing some bad habits – so I’m sure I can do it again if I have to!