I have cast on for my second sweater. I’m making another Ribby Cardi, again using Cotton Ease yarn in Stone. This time I’m knitting all the parts for the body in one piece, and the sleeves in the round and I will knit the collar up without binding off anything (if I can). I’m making a size smaller (38 chest), and using #4 circulars (last time I used #5 for most of the sweater). What you see above is the bottom edge of my beloved 2×2 rib tubular cast on, I cast on using #5 needles (my experiments using #8 turned out flabby). I did all my calculations and scribbled a pattern on notebook paper. I figure if I run into something confusing I’ll only have to consult my first one.
I’m going to alter the collar a bit, hopefully making it wider, since the current one sits against my throat and feels a tiny bit uncomfortable when zipped up (not unlike every high collared fleece I’ve ever owned). I had hoped to have knit a prototype collar by now but I’m taking my knitting on the road soon and wanted to have at least the body cast on so I could fill some miles with mindless ribbing. I plan on doing a collar test later on. But for now I’m happy to have something to work on that I won’t have to think about too hard.
I just put my first Ribby Cardi through the washer, and it appears to have emerged unscathed. I had fears of it coming out with joins unknotted, but except for a few more woven in ends sticking out it is fine. I’m drying it flat on a wooden rack (which I love and have dragged around with me since college despite it’s ridiculous size). I wonder if it will have shrunk or stretched.
Would anybody like me to create a 2×2 tubular bind off tutorial? I think I could make one without breaking any laws, right?