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I’m knitting a sweater: I could fix this

the sweater: Ribby Cardi by Bonne Marie Burns
the yarn: Cotton-Ease in charcoal

After my long post on exactly how I managed to mess up the ribbing on the front pieces, both MadCarlotta and Amanda pointed out that I could fix the ribbing by ripping back and dropping some stitches then picking them up on the other side.

Luckily, I messed up in such a way that if I want to fix the extra wide rib along the center front I’d only have to rip out to the green dotted line, drop one column and pull it back up. The whole piece would be as the pattern called for it to be. That doesn’t seem too bad, even knowing I’d be doing it twice. While I’d made peace with wearing my pattern reading failures right there on my chest, my perfectionist tendencies are making my fingers itch to fix it.

Notes on the sleeves:

– I am to the decrease part of my first sleeve so I basted the seams together and tried it on:


Needs one more inch, for a total of 22 inches. (I’ll mostly be wearing this sweater while sitting down so I want extra long sleeves.)


– I am doing a m1 left slant on the right edge of the sleeve and a m1 right slant on the left side of the sleeve for the k ribs, and bar increases for the p ribs. These all blend in the best. Of course, it took me most of my first sleeve to figure this out so only my second sleeve will look really nice when viewed from the back.

– I reached the number of stitches across called for in the pattern after eight increase sections instead of the nine in the pattern. Also, next time start with a purl rib for the first set of increases, you’ll end with one and it’ll look tidy.

Emily suggested making the sleeves out of 3×1 rib instead of 2×2 rib. Considering that I cannot block the Cotton-ease I might think of this for the next version I make. However, considering that the Cotton-ease is cotton and acrylic I’m afraid the sleeves would turn out too big around and droopy. Maybe do only some of the ribbing in 3×1 a la the back of the sweater? Would that look or feel strange?

– I’m spending a disturbing amount of time deciding which color of Cotton-ease to use next. Is the blue too dusty for me? Green would look terrible on me right? But the taupe is too warm, and the light gray would likely look like sweatshirt gray. And I don’t even know if I like the feel of Cotton-ease yet.

– I get a strange sort of pleasure pinning my knitting to my cutting table. I feel a bit like a mad scientist spreading out a specimen.

– I’ve only got one sleeve left and I’m pretty eager to get it done so that I can wear the sweater and work out any adjustments. My September is full of road trips and I’d like to take the next Ribby Cardi along with me in the car.

– I’m wondering if I can sew in the zipper without stitching in bands along the center front, I just don’t think they’d look very good in my yarn. I’m sure there is a very good reason for adding zipper bands, and I’m sure I’m going to find out what that reason is the hard way.

- some links:

– Some links from the Ribby Cardi Knitalong site:

– And because I have not done it yet, the obligatory picture of all the pieces of the sweater I have done so far:

Previous sweater entries: first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh.

· comments [5] · 08-28-2007 · categories:knitting ·

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bgirl // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:38 am

    favorite line from this post: I’ll mostly be wearing this sweater while sitting down so I want extra long sleeves.

  • 2 megan // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:47 am

    Hee hee, it’s the truth. I’ll be driving, eating, sitting in coffee shops, maybe riding a bicycle. This isn’t something I’ll wear while hiking or needing to look pretty in while standing around at a cocktail party. So I made the body and sleeves a bit longer.

    I have all the pieces done and I’m going to baste them together tonight to see how it’s working out, I’m very excited.

  • 3 Carolyn // Aug 29, 2007 at 7:59 am

    Megan, you’re making me SO HAPPY with these updates! I stopped knitting garments a while back because they were so frustrating. Then I stopped knitting completely. Now I’m back, working baby blankets (in more modern colors like silver with lime) and wondering about garments again. Yay, there you are, showing me that somebody else does the same mental gymnastics: worrying about fit, not ripping every single error, wondering about color…THANKS!

  • 4 Chelsea // Aug 29, 2007 at 8:19 am

    I am planning the Ribby Cardi to be my first sweater so I am glad you are giving a play-by-play of what you are doing. I really look forward to seeing yours finished.

  • 5 sprizee // Aug 29, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    That’s pretty. I wish I could knit. Actually what I really wish is I owned a robot that could knit and create yarn out of recycled plastic.

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