Friday, January 4, 2013

WIP in the New Year: Recap

After a few days away from my computer, I'm back and ready to tackle the new year.

So, how did I fare with my WIP in the New Year plan?

You already know I finished 2 pair of socks:

Business Casual socks

Crosswired Socks



So what about the other 2 projects?

Sad to say, they're not done.

But I DID make significant progress, and am determined to finish them in January.

The Dahlia Cardigan went from this:

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to this:

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(That's a good 5 inches of knitting on the body--a very boring 5 inches.)


The Rocky Coast Cardigan was trickier, as I had to rip out both sleeves, and then figure out how to make them larger.

You can find errata for the pattern, addressing the sleeve problems, here. However, as this sweater is a top-down raglan, these changes only help you if you know ahead of time that the shoulders/sleeves are going to be too small. So by all means, if you're planning to knit this sweater, check the arm measurements, and adjust accordingly when you start.

Once the sweater is done, however, you're a bit out of luck. The sleeves will only unravel up to the yoke, so if you need the actual yoke to be bigger (your sweater is too tight in the shoulders), you're going to have to start over.

I have zero--no, negative--interest in starting over, and my problem is more in the upper arm area, rather than the yoke/shoulders. So I ripped out both sleeves, and added some stitches. Sleeve 1 was very cooperative:

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While it's not blocked yet, it does seem to fit better. I'll be doing a separate post on how I enlarged the sleeves.

Sleeve 2 has an attitude problem. I've now tried to reknit it 3 times with no luck. So it's in time out until it learns to behave:

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Once it decides to cooperate, I'll pick it up again.


As you pick out projects to kick off the new year, don't forget, I'm running a special in my Ravelry shop until January 15: use the code NEWYEAR to get a FREE pattern, with the purchase of a pattern--BOGO! 

3 comments :

collegeknitting said...

Good luck! When you figure it out, I'd love to see your mods on Rocky Coast. I have the same problem with mine, and it would be nice to actually figure out how to fix it.

Sava said...

It's always frustrating when your knitting has an attitude problem but I'm really liking the wavy pattern on the Rocky Coast Cardigan so I'd say it will be worth it when you get it figured out.

Steph said...

I did the mods on the body of the sweater after getting it to the sleeves and trying it on.

The thing that got me was that my gauge knitting flat was different than in the round, so for the sleeves I needed to go up a needle size. Bizarro.