… only with knitting needles.
The February Lady Sweater is really pretty straightforward, especially at the beginning. Garter stitch garter stitch garter stitch, with raglan increases on the right side rows and the occasional buttonhole thrown in to keep me awake.
It was coming along beautifully, although the buttonholes were done in the “uhm, whatever” method. I was all ready to do they eyelet increases when I decided to do something radical… I counted my stitches.
Then, thinking that the number couldn’t possibly be right, I counted them again. The good news is that I got the same number as the first time. The bad news is that the numbers were wrong. Somewhere along the way I must have missed doing an increase or two in one of the sleeve sections, so that one sleeve had six more stitches than the other one. Not only that, but I had done far too many increase rows, so the yoke was too deep and had too many stitches.
After that I took a closer look at the buttonholes and concluded that the “uhm, whatever” method had been a rather bad choice.
I decided when I started this cardigan that I wasn’t going to repeat previous mistakes by blowing off wonky numbers. Nope, this sweater was going to fit, damn it.
So, I took the knitting off of the needles and took out my trusty ball winder.
Then I took a deep breath and turned the handle for all I was worth. In a very short and mildly depressing amount of time, this is what my sweater looked like.
I’ve written myself some notes on the pattern and cast on again. With any luck at all I’ll remember to count my stitches on a regular basis, and to actually follow the buttonhole directions.
Let’s try this again, shall we?