After I got over knitting one million garments in yellow, I went back to knitting everything in green. I finished my Hooray Cardigan and wore it last week. For those who are planning or currently working on this, I would suggest removing the decreases that occur on the bottom of the sweater after the hip increases. They are meant to draw the front open but they cause a little bit of puckering around the upper “butt” region that isn’t really needed on most normal butt sized humans. No one really needs extra puckering any where. I also added some extra buttons so that it didn’t open in the front right at the spot where all of my stress has become a tummy…yeah, cortisol. Thank you. We love you.
Brigid Jacket Knitalong
Several of you have asked about lengthening the sweater. There are a couple of options. First, you can add another inch to the ribbing on the bottom of the sweater. This is an easy way to add length and not impact the line by line instructions that you will see on the fronts of the sweater.
Another option is to work the fronts first and add one entire chart repeat to the instructions. When it tells you to work the chart 2 or 3 times, just add one additional repeat. This way, the line by line instructions that follow won’t change and length will have been added. This option means that you must knit the fronts first and then work the back to match the front in length to before the armhole bind offs.If you already started the back, just put it on a holder and work your front and then go back to the back. You only need one front to determine how long this option will result in.
If you already knitted the back and just added length to the back before binding off for armhole shaping, you must knit the front to match. This means that the line by line instructions won’t work for you anymore. In this case, you will be working different rows than the pattern indicates. You need to count the number of rows between the armhole and neckline shaping and be sure to work the same because the instructions tell you to “work to row X” of the chart…and this isn’t going to work for you anymore. If you need help with this option, just call or stop by. I can walk you through it.
I have now knitted the entire sweater twice I think. I started by doing the third option above and rewriting the fronts. Then i decided the sweater was still too short and I ripped it back to the armholes and re-knitted it, adding an entire chart repeat. To be honest, it is still on the short side, but a good length for something that has extra ease in it. The pieces will be sewn together tonight or tomorrow so that I can show you all a button band on Thursday night during Stitch n Space. Be sure to stop by if you think you will need button band help. I am also adding buttons to mine and making them smaller, so I will discuss all of this on Thursday. (and post some things on the blog).
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