Bang Out a Sweater: We’re Halfway There!

Dear Ann,

Today may be celebrated by some as Valentine’s Day, but I’m even more of a starry-eyed romantic than that.

For me, today is Day 14 of Bang Out a Sweater.

Like many sturdy souls on Valentine’s Day and/or Day 14 of Bang Out, I’m not exactly where I want to be, but my heart is happy.

I’ve reached the bottom of the yoke!

The background is my Whitby pullover, which was knit in the same shade of Rowan Denim, but has been through 4+ years of washing and wearing.

The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth

I did not reach this magnificent milestone without a moment of hair-tearing drama.

Late Monday night, I was knitting on the very last row of the Calligraphy Cardigan cable chart. I was just starting to gloat, when I noticed I was missing a stitch in one of the repeats.

Found it!

Lost it again!

Found it again, and spent an hour trying to pull it up and incorporate it correctly into the cable chart.

Gave up, pulled back four rows, and re-knit.

Which, honestly, is the thing I should always do when I discover a mistake like this, especially at night. Put it down, look at it again in the morning. Try to fix it, but be prepared to rip and re-knit.

Knitting is my hobby. I like to knit. Re-knitting is not a problem.

For those who are determined to try to fix a similar mistake when working cables, Jen Arnall-Culliford has a great little video that shows you how to do it.

What’s Next: Rowan Denim Edition

Up next for my Calligraphy Cardigan is a section of short rows to make the back neck fit nicely, then some increases to make room for the tops of the sleeves, and then (for the size I’m knitting), 10½ inches of plain stockinette. This gets you down to the place where you divide the sleeves from the body. If you’re knitting with Rowan Denim like I am, you will want to add 1½ to 2 inches of length before the sleeve-body divide. That way, the armholes won’t be too high after the shrinking of the denim.

shrinkage at a glance: The swatch on the left is shown pre-washing. On the right is the same swatch, after washing.

Is it that easy? Yes, it is!  Rule of thumb when working with denim: add 15-20 percent in length to account for shrinkage. If there is shaping, distribute the extra length between the shaping points. So, in this case, I’ll add extra length before I get to the sleeve-body divide. Later, I’ll add extra length to the body, too.

I’m trying to get to the plain knitting on the body before a sociable knitting opportunity tonight, so that I can keep banging out while I chat, instead of diverting to a project that doesn’t require as much attentiveness.

I’m loving all the sweaters taking shape in the Lounge and on Instagram, and I’m running to keep up/catch up.

Bang like the wind!



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