I finally finished the back of the infamous sweater (which I am once again calling “the second purple sweater”). I was over-optimistic when I said it would only take an hour of knitting. But it’s finished! I even started work on one of the front pieces and am almost finished with it! It has less than half the stitches that were on the back. And thereby hangs a tale. . .
When I checked the directions to start this piece I noticed that even with the two front pieces combined the sweater could not close because there would be a space of about 6 inches separating the front pieces. There is another “piece”—a 3-inch-wide strip that extends from the bottom of one side of the front, around the neck and to the bottom of the other side of the front, and is knitted onto the assembled sweater—a total of 6 inches that spans the gap!
My grandmother taught me to read the directions of any project all the way through from start to finish before I actually begin knitting. I did read these directions, but this particular feature just didn’t register. Perhaps because only the back, fronts and sleeves are in the illustrated schematic provided with the pattern. Somehow throughout this project, I’ve been off in my yarn calculations. Garter stitch is a lot more yarn-consuming than stockinette—a fact I’ve known forever but apparently forgot when I was figuring out how many skeins per piece I’d need. I hate to admit it but I think I may need to order still more yarn. Thank goodness that new technology prevents differences between dye lots–at least in this particular yarn—because both the other times I’ve ordered it I’ve been delighted to find that it blends in without a noticeable change of color. Plymouth Yarns gets high praise from me! I’m afraid to just order more yarn and risk over-estimating how much I’ll need and (once again) wind up with extra purple yarn. If that happens, I promise I will donate any and all extra purple yarn to the local senior center!
I do have a plan, however! I’m keeping track of how much yarn I’m using on this front piece and I’m going to make one of the sleeves next and see how much yarn that uses. Then I’ll read the directions for the strip (all the way through from start to finish) and make my calculations based on that. I think I might actually be able to squeek through with the yarn I have. I’ll finish the other front and sleeve and wait and see how it goes. I am determined not to order more yarn until I actually run out before I finish the last bit…maybe just one skein if I need it to complete the sweater.
At this point I imagine you are as sick of hearing about purple sweaters as I am writing about them….and I’m much less enthusiastic working on the second one than I was when I started, but I will persevere. I’m already thinking about what to work on next . . .
I have a LOT of tangerine 100% cotton yarn that is waiting to be re-purposed, so my next project will probably be something to use it! I’ve been looking for a pattern that will be “just right” for that yarn and have narrowed it down to two patterns. But I have a kit for a shawl that has been calling to me for the past couple of weeks…it has white, two shades of gray, black, and a bit of red for splash. It’s in a pattern I’ve never worked with and is in a fine weight of yarn so would be a nice change from the worsted-weight yarn I’m using now. The only thing that prevents me from digging it out and starting on it is the fact that my school obligations this semester are taking so much more of my time. I want to be able to work on a new pattern and give it my full attention, especially since this shawl will need to be kept track of row by row and color by color. Hmmmmm. Maaaaybe?