I held my breath a bit as I basted in the sleeve on the Calvin Klein cardigan. I really hoped this modification would work because I want to cross this project off my WIP list. And I was really pleased when I checked it in the mirror. Here it is in the harsh light of day (as I’m trying to instruct Ed on how to work the camera while modeling):
The sweater is very stretchy around the fronts and neck edge, and I think I’ll try swatching in sizes 2 and 3 needles to see which gives me a firmer finish before starting the front bands. The buttonholes will also be tricky because Cotton Fleece has no memory. The pattern calls for vertical buttonholes, and I’m not sure they’ll work—and so that will be the next obstacle to finishing. I’m hoping that YO buttonholes will look okay and fit my buttons because they will be the least likely to stretch out of shape over time. If I were starting this sweater now, I would have done the buttonbands differently. I certainly would have started them with the bottom ribbing to avoid a seam there. Or I would have knit the bands with the fronts. But this project is too far along to make such adjustments now. The sleeve should take me most of the week, so I have time to ponder these complexities.
Also half-done are my new socks.
If I have any spare time this coming week, I’ll try to finish sock #2. These are from the first pattern (four-stitch patterns) in Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks, and it is one of the alternative patterns at the end of that group of basic instructions.
Another reason for my eagerness to get to sleeve #2 and sock #2 is that my notes leave something to be desired in the way of clarity:
If I hurry up, I will remember most of what I’ve done. If these sit a while, they may return to WIP limbo.