And right on to the next project

I finished my sister’s sweater yesterday. I tried it on and it’s a shade too small for me, but that means it will be perfect for her. The hood came out perfectly. In addition to turning at one end, I altered the finishing trim a bit to make the right-angle hood join more smooth. All in all, I used 12 balls of yarn — more than the pattern called for but far less than I bought!

The remaining yarn for my second knitting project arrived yesterday morning, so I took that as a sign to get started. This one is a sweater for myself. It’s the Fair Isle Cardigan from Better Homes and Garden’s “Knit It” 2002 (I refuse to link them, their site is pop-up city). This is a dark grey waist-length cardigan with light grey and purple fair isle accents around the waist and cuffs and a fur collar. It’s made in Lion Brand’s Wool Ease, a wool/acrylic blend that is very soft. I’m not sure about the fur collar, I’m afraid it will look rather dated in a few years, but I’m not adventurous enough with knitting yet to alter it. I suppose I could always just keep my extra yarn and tear out the fur later on.

I’m about 1/3 of the way through the fair isle design on the body (which is done as one piece) so far. I’ve never done fair isle before, so last night was quite a challenge in learning how to carry the extra colors along the row and twisting them around each other enough to prevent large loops from forming on the back. It really slowed me down! I’ve got secret fears that this will make the gauge way different from the solid color portion of the body. But it does cinch in a bit in the photo, so I’m guessing it will be okay.

I’ve had a bit of trouble with the pattern. First, there is a hem section which eventually gets tacked up underneath. However, the pattern describes making the hem, but not what to do with it later. And then the pattern discusses the fair isle section as if the stitches complete an even number of chart repeats in each row. It doesn’t. Not in any of the sizes. How hard would it be to add a couple of extra stitches to the pattern to make the math work out. Am I the only one that can do math?

There are a few other areas where the pattern is less than clear, but I’m coping. Unfortunately, BH&G’s web site doesn’t have an errata section, nor does the designer have a web site that I could find with Google. FWIW, the designer is Nicky Epstein, the woman who did “Crochet for Barbie” and “Knits for Barbie”. I have the crochet one and I have found similar errors in those patterns, too. Someday I’ll find her address and ask her to take more care with her patterns.

Maybe I’ve been doing cross-stitch for so long that I expect charts will work out. I know cross-stitch affected my satistfaction with bead stores as well but that’s a rant for another time.