Like the dinner guest who was a witty conversationalist at the start of the evening and now, after one too many glasses of punch, is zombie-staggering across the living room trying to do the dance to Bad Romance, this sweater has evolved from ‘Charmed’ to ‘Downright Annoying’.
We all knew it was bound to happen and, sure enough, I’ve had a bit of a hiccup with my sweater-knitting plans. It’s all to do with the sleeves.
EZ’s instructions call for you to cast on at the cuff with 20% of your body stitches, and then increase every 5th round up to 33%. I thought this would create a steep angle on the lower part of the sleeve, before hitting the stitch count and knitting straight, which would give you quite an old-fashioned sleeve shape. So I decided to increase every 7th round instead.
But then, as I reached the elbow, I worried that as the cuff was quite narrow, I wasn’t increasing fast enough to accommodate the width of the arm, so I ripped back (in hindsight, I really needn’t have worried).
I knit again, this time following the instructions and increasing every 5th round. I hit 33%, finished the sleeve, put it on the boyfriend, andÂ realisedÂ it was enormous (which he was diplomatic about, but clearly not keen on).
So I ripped again, taking it back to a more reasonable width (about 29% of the body stitches). I am knitting this sleeve for the third time. Once was tedious. Twice was annoying but inevitable, barring a major accident with heavy machinery. A third time and I am almost comatose at the prospect.
If I was going to start from scratch, I would slightly increase the width ofÂ theÂ cuff, and then space out the increases more widely, up to about 30%. But I think I canÂ salvageÂ what I have. I’m almost at the elbow, so I’m going to knit straight for several inches and then do another set of increases or two at the upper arm, and that should give a good fit. Luckily the boyfriend is around to try it on as we go and of course once I’ve got it right, knitting up the second sleeve should move a lot faster.
All of this wouldn’t matter so much if I wasn’t aiming for the skiing holiday deadline; I’m supposed to be on the second sleeve by now. Unfortunately I’m out for several evenings this week (not to mention the fact that I’m still trying to sort out the next episode of the podcast) but I really need to try and pick up the pace. Fingers crossed I can make some headway and that I’m able to start on the yoke at the weekend.
Ach, who am I kidding? 3am knitting, here we come…