Over the past two months, I have been engaged in what I now refer to as an epic battle. It started with some lovely Miss Babs Yarn that I picked up earlier this year. It is what I hope to be a sweater quantity of heavy fingering weight yarn, perfect for the lightweight cardigan that a Floridian needs to have on hand (seriously, you would not believe the intensity in which they blast the A/C in restaurants). I made some cable swatches which I am still rather pleased with.
I may have shared these on an earlier post, but my memory is questionable, and I’m feeling too lazy to check.
I crunched some numbers, and I cast on. Technically, I cast on three times. In the first attempt, I bungled the cast on edge, and thought I could live with it until I had completed 2 1/2 inches of ribbing. Apparently, I don’t know me because it finally bothered me enough to rip it out and cast on again. I finished the ribbing the second time, and decided to double-check my number crunching. This was when I realized I made a huge error. The ribbing is denser than the cables, and I based my stitch count on the ribbing (that is a rookie move on my part). Rather than attempt to hide decreasing away over 30 stitches in one row, I ripped it out and started again.
I finished the ribbing. Yes, I know the color looks different, but it’s not. My what a difference the lighting, and the background can make. The grey is the accurate color.
I started the cables.
The stitch counts were correct, and everything seemed to be working swimmingly, but something was nagging at me. I crunched numbers again, and again, and again, and it finally dawned on me what the error was. When the decreases start happening for the neck, too much of the wrong cable would be consumed by the decreases leaving me with something I wouldn’t be happy with.
Yes, I ripped the whole skein out. I know that looks like two skeins, but there was a knot in the skein, so I broke the yarn & rejoined at one of the ends.
It may seem that this cardigan has defeated me, but the cardigan has clearly not met me before.
That’s a fresh skein. The original has been washed to get all the kinks out & will be rejoined at an appropriate time.