As I’ve mentioned before, overall my October goals are going well. However, the little shrug/cardigan that I would like to have made to wear next weekend is quickly becoming a disaster. The yarn, Estelle Cloud Cotton Eco, is soft and lovely to work with. I like my needles too, which are from my Denise interchangeable set. What I don’t like, however, is how the pattern has had me make a sleeve that I could almost fit two arms through!
It the picture above the sleeve looks a little bit, but not too bad. But when I try it on…
you can see what should be a slim fitting sleeve is far from it. I suspect that the pattern wasn’t test knit in the larger sizes, and if I had been smart and read through the notes in other Ravelry projects I would have known to make the sleeves smaller. I’m going to have to rip back the entire sleeve and try decreasing it a few stitches to see if that helps. (The extra-large size has 72 stitches for the sleeve, the large has 70 and the medium has 68. Since I am knitting the sleeve in the round instead of flat, as the pattern is written, I will try decreasing the sleeve down to either 68 or 66, depending on some tricky math I will attempt this evening.)
I will be overjoyed if I can get this done for next weekend, but at this point I think I won’t rush. I love the idea of this garment so much I want to make a second one out of another colour of yarn, so it is more important to me to get it right than it is to get it done for a self-imposed deadline.