WIP Blackberry Cozy
When September hit I knew I wanted to start my long overdue second sweater. I bought the yarn two summers ago and had the pattern picked out since 2007 (but then I reconsidered and decided to make Indigo Playmate instead, same designer, different pattern). So I started swatching, of course the first swatch was off so I swatched again, did a bit of math and finally cast on September 21. Two weeks later I was finally ready to divide my sleeves off of the cardigan.
But then I realized that the v-neck, when worked according to pattern was incredibly shallow, and it didn’t follow what the pattern image showed (though it did follow the pattern diagram, I was swayed by the pattern image showing a deep, wide v-neck). And so I snapped this photo right before I ripped the whole thing out. Luckily I was at knit nite at my LYS and so I was able to use their ball winder to rip and re-cake the yarn in one step.
Since I was reknitting anyway, since my careful calculations weren’t working, I decided to follow my knitting gut. The fabric I was creating with US 5 (yes 5 when the recommended needle was a 7 and I was still a smidge too big in gauge) felt a bit stiff so I decided to cast on with a US 6. I figured that since I had picked the smaller size that would give me negative-ease as written (the next size up had too much positive ease) it would work out. Oddly enough my gauge (pre-wash measurement) is now closer to pattern (and yarn ball band) than before.
And I did a little perusing of other v-neck, top-down raglan rates of increase for the neckline and decided to modify my cardigan to increase at a slower rate (every 6th row), thus creating a slightly deeper v-neck. And now two weeks later, I’m ready to divide my sleeves and work on the body of the cardigan. Which means my knitting looks exactly like it did two weeks ago in the picture above.