So, I’ve been knitting (slowly) along on my new cardigan this week.
The rows are long. The slip stitch pattern requires that I pay attention.
But I remain enthusiastic about the project, and eager to finish it so I can wear it.

The slip stitch pattern is super easy to memorize; easy to “read” too, so I haven’t needed to refer to the instructions in a long time. Just . . . continue knitting in pattern until I reach 13 1/2 inches from the cast-on edge. I did my gauge swatch. I had the maths all figured out. I knew just where in the easy-to-count rows pattern I’d be when I hit the magical 13 1/2 inch mark.


I started to panic a little bit when . . . the maths and my measurements weren’t working out. (I’m always secretly worried that I don’t have enough yarn to finish the project. . .)  I’d knit a few more rows. Measure again. Not. Working. I was confused and becoming more seriously alarmed.

I mean . . . it looked like I was getting the gauge I wanted. But I was definitely . . . off  . . . from where I thought I should be. So I took the stitches off the needles, ran some yarn through the live stitches, and blocked what I’d knit so far. Just to . . . y’know . . . be sure.

I measured the heck out of that piece! Everything was just what I expected. But it appeared I was going to have to knit an entire extra “swath” of flowers than I had projected. What was UP with this???

As a last resort, I decided to consult the pattern again.

There’s my problem!
What I had recalled as 13 1/2 inches . . . was actually 12 1/2 inches.
It works out perfectly. (Of course.) Just like I had figured from the start. (Of course.)

Lesson learned? When things don’t seem right, refer to the damn pattern.
(At least I know it blocks nicely. . . )


How about you? What are you making this week?