I’ve decided that my knitting must be guided by some sort of creative force that spurns being caged in the form of written notes.
Thor’s (belated) birthday present is a cardigan with Brown Sheep’s discontinued “Prairie Silk” (72% wool, 18% mohair & 10% silk, 50g/88y/80m), purchased nearly 20 years ago and dyed some 10 years ago. While I frequently make up my own patterns and designs, I do so only for my own pleasure and creative outlet. I keep notes, of course, but no one else reads them except for me. I decided this time I would keep notes so, if I chose, I could create a pattern and share the design.
Second, somewhere along the line I realized my calculations for the sweater’s arms didn’t match what I had knit. Hmmm … I checked my notes – no, nothing wrong with my math. After much proverbial head scratching, I realized I knit the arms on a different sized needle than the body. Nothing a little adjusting couldn’t fix, so I continued.
Next, I decided I didn’t want to use a saddle shoulder with the raglan sleeves. Again, not a problem – just a few additional notes to make in my book.
Fourth, before starting with the button band and shawl collar, I decided a narrower button band would look better than the one I planned. Easy enough to adjust my pattern once again! After some calculations, I knit Elsebeth Lavold’s “Running Knots” cable in two strips and then grafted them to the edge of the cable (Lavold’s “Bjärs Hitches) onto which I would have knit the button band in an earlier pattern.
Lastly, I wondered what was I thinking when I knit a 2/2 ribbing at the bottom of the sweater! I didn’t like the way it looked against both the cables and the garter ribbed pattern of the body. Out came my sewing shears; I cut off the 2/2 ribbing, put the live stitches on a sturdy cotton yard, and then knit a new (folded) hem in the garter ribbed pattern that I will graft on tomorrow. Of course, now I have to cut off the current sleeve cuffs knit in 2/2 ribbing and knit new hems for the arms too!
I wonder how many times I will change my mind with the button band and the shawl collar?!