I’ve been cooking since I was big enough to crack open an oven door. After almost thirty years of cooking every (vegetarian) dish on God’s green earth, I still have my fair share of misses in the kitchen. Just last week my attempt to re-create my favorite Pad Thai took a turn for the sinister. That’s part of the price of innovation and learning – trying new things means opening yourself up to the opportunity for error.
Well, I’ve been knitting for almost as long as I’ve been cooking, so it should not surprise me that I still make mistakes and that not every new project goes without a hitch. Still, I can’t help being a little annoyed at myself for making dumb, preventable errors. But it happens – and it happened again yesterday.
Last Friday, a week ago today, I had just joined the body and sleeves of the Riddari and moved on to the yoke. The week got busy and I didn’t have a lot of knitting time, but by yesterday I was casting off the neck. Th first stirrings of doubt began right before the neck ribbing, so it wasn’t a total surprise that Bryan tried the darn thing on only to realize that it’s easily a size too large in the chest and about 2” too long in the sleeves. My measurements and gauge had been spot-on for the body, and I’ve even tried the body and sleeves on him before joining – perfect. But I didn’t swatch my colorwork, didn’t try the garment on him at all after joining the body, and I added a repeat into the yoke on a whim because I was so convinced the fit was going to be tight.
There were so many points over the past week where a quick fitting would have saved hours and hours of work (I mean, we live in the same apartment and he physically sat next to me for much of the knitting, I have no excuse). But I didn’t take the time, and now I’ve got to make it right.
All right, whining and self-recrimination complete. It’s not all that terrible – tearing out the yoke took me an entire evening (let’s not start on the horror of watching half a sweater disappear), but I know exactly what I need to do in order to achieve a perfect fit the second time around (knock on wood). I’m going to take out 2 repeats in the chest, shorten the arms by 2”, and add two rows of short row shaping to the back body right before the colorwork begins. The first time around I added two row short rows to the back right before the collar, and I was really happy with how that looked – I think the extra touch in the back body will improve the fit even more. Next week promises to be the coldest and snowiest week of the year, so it should be a good time to make short work of the new yoke and get this off the needles.
Picture: If I had tried the sweater on Bryan at this point, instead of just Instgramming it, we wouldn’t be in this pickle, now would we?