I’ve kind of given away the bulk of today’s post in the title. Yup, I only managed to knit two rows yesterday, which is pretty much unnoticeable on this sweater, especially with the way all the stockinette stitch curls up.
Can we talk about that for a minute, stockinette stitch? Does anyone else find it highly frustrating?
When I was first knitting the yoke, for example, it curled up so much that every time I looked at it, no matter how much progress I’d made, it looked like I’d hardly done anything. And as they are now, my sleeves definitely don’t feel like they’re going to be long enough, but only because they keep curling half-way up my arm!
The pictures of the cardigan show perfectly uncurled sleeves, as well as an uncurled collar. Presumedly it’ll come out in blocking, but I’m not sure how aggressive it’s going to have to be. Believe it or not, I haven’t knit anything in stockinette stitch in quite some time. Or at the very least, the stockinette projects I have knit had thick, heavy borders that kept it from curling up.
Have I mentioned yet to you guys that I’ve properly tried this thing on recently? I don’t think I have.
So over the weekend, even though I didn’t get much done, I tried on my cardigan. The other times I’d tried it on, I really couldn’t get a good feel for how it was actually going to fit because I hadn’t finished the collar yet. Well, since I (badly) seamed on the collar, I finally tried it on.
And I love it!
First of all, the underarms are NOT the issue that I was worried they might be. I cannot tell you how much of a relief that is. The collar, once it uncurls, comes up on just the right place on my neck, too.
And I haven’t even blocked it yet, which, in theory, could make the fit even better!
The only thing that didn’t seem quite to my personal preference were the sleeves. Of course, the rolling doesn’t help, but even once they’re unrolled their just a tiny bit too short. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to stretch them a bit when I block it, but if that doesn’t work, I’ll just take out the bind off and add a couple more rows. That’s the beauty of a handknit garment!