I've been cracking on with the sleeves for the jumper this weekend. I got another 20cm of length finished before I realised I had made a big mistake with the cable pattern and was including 2 rows of pattern that shouldn't be there. I spent all Thursday evening babysitting getting further and further and feeling more and more confident before realising my mistake on Friday.
So I had to frog it AGAIN!
6th time lucky (!) I cast straight on. This particular project has suffered enough at the hands of my 'I can't even look at that thing again attitude' and so I tried to think of a way that I could get less confused. Touch wood, I appear to have come up with a strategy. I typed out the pattern that is spread out over two pages in a way that I can understand all on one page and this alongside my stitch marker app is doing wonders. I wish I had done it earlier. I have knitted (since Friday) over 49cm of sleeve. Now I'm in that uncertain part of following a pattern. I have knitted to the tension outlined in the pattern but I am really worried that the sleeves will turn out too short. I've held the finished front and back piece against the sleeves and next to a jumper that Gwyn already wears but I just can't call it. Anyone got any ideas?
I'm going to sleep on it and tomorrow go for shaping the shoulders. Then I'll sew up the front and back of the jumper with this one sleeve and get Gwyn to try it on. If it's too short then I'll have to carefully unpick the top and knit in some more rows. That's the most sensible thing to do isn't it? Laborious but sensible. I'm certainly not knitting up two sleeves that look rubbish.
I wonder as I knit if it is this difficult to knit garments from patterns all the time, everyone has such different body shapes, I guess it's like sewing, which is, I suppose, why I don't make clothes! I really do like the challenge though. At this rate, with a little luck (hoping that the sleeves are a perfect fit) then I am on track to finish this jumper by the end of January. I'll need to buy some new needles for the neckline but 3 weeks is a good amount of time.
Hope everyone's had a successful crafting weekend.