In August of 2017 I started knitting Portage, an open-front textured cardigan. I knit the first 6 inches of the raglan increases before I lost my place and couldn’t figure out what row I was on or what my stitch count should be. In the interest of sanity (and because I enjoy knitting and I didn’t want this to spoil it for me) I set the sweater aside for another day.
This year I decided that the time had come to restart this beautiful sweater. I love the yarn and I’m always cold at work, so this would be such a useful item to add to my closet (ok, let’s be real – it will live at my desk). So I ripped my stitches out and re-swatched to make sure my gauge hadn’t changed drastically since the last time I cast on. Then I started the sweater again, and this time I used ALL THE STITCH MARKERS to make sure I didn’t lose my place (My mom sent me these Llama/Alpaca stitch markers. Isn’t she sweet? HI MOM!!).
Friends, I am ecstatic to tell you that I finished the raglan increases correctly. Just to make sure I wouldn’t have to redo them again I ran a lifeline through the last increase row. You know, just in case. Now I’m working down the body slowly but surely. I am trying really hard to enjoy the knitting, but have a love/hate relationship with cables (I love to look at them and wear them, but hate to knit them), and the 1/1 cables that make up the whole back panel are driving me a little crazy. But I am soldiering on because this sweater is going to be so warm and cozy and I will have made it and it will be mine.
Ok, back to the grindstone. If I keep knitting on this maybe it will be done in a few years….
6 thoughts on “Slow and Steady Wins the Race”
It looks great!
How are you doing the cables? Sometimes you can do 1×1 without a cable needle. I can share more on how if you would like. 😉
I’m doing them without a cable needle, which does make them go faster. It turns out I’m just not a fiddly-knitting sort of gal. At least at this point in my life, I want an easy mindless project I can crank away on, and this is not it. The problem isn’t really with the cables, it’s with the need to pay attention and make sure I’m doing the right cable at the right time.
That I can’t help with, sadly. It is a very pretty sweater, though!
Thanks for the offer, though. Eventually I will need to learn how to cable without a cable needle for bigger cables…baby steps.
I don’t do very big cables without a needle, but I can do the two and four stitch ones. 😉
It’s looking great! Slow and steady for sure! Well worth the wait and effort! 😊