Winter Roses KAL | Week 4

Updated: 11 hours ago

Cast Off, Cast On

As if you didn't already know not to knit black yarn in a dark room, let me remind you.

I learned a hard lesson this week. It was late evening a couple nights ago and I was able to power my way through binding off the first sleeve. Riding that cathartic wave of achievement I decided to start the second sleeve.

Everything was going well, but I still had that little voice in the back of my head telling me that it was a little too high-risk to be knitting in a dim room with black yarn. I got about an inch into the colorwork on the sleeve and upon turning to start another round, I noticed a GIGANTIC inch and a half-wide hole right in the underarm. It looked like a messy, disheveled spiderweb.

For a moment I naively let myself believe that perhaps it was just because I hadn’t pulled my working yarn tight enough on the first few rounds—but then I had no choice but to face facts and decide whether it would be a problem for future-me or not.

At first I thought I’d simpy fix it later with a few strategic whip stitches to cinch it closed, but the more I looked at it, the more I realized it really looked like somehow I simply hadn’t picked up all the necessary stitches in that area before knitting.

Either way, it needed to be fixed, and I really didn’t want to put the time into finishing this second sleeve and being excited to finally bind off, only to be disappointed by an unusually large and unruly hole in the underarm.

In frustration I slowly tinked my way back to the first round, and once I got to where the hole had originated, I put the sweater down and picked up a simple stockiette poncho WIP I have stashed for moments just like this. Lesson learned! When something is telling you it’s too dark and too late to knit—listen to that voice and turn the lights up, or put the project down.

The next day I sat down with a cuppa coffee and got to work, making sure to count and pick up exactly how many stitches I needed, where they needed to be. Now I’m well on my way to having a fully enclosed sweater, with no risk of chilly underarm drafts!

With all the time and love we put into our makes, it's only fair to ourselves to take the time to backtrack when something goes wrong. Of course there are small mistakes that don't affect the wearability of a project, but you are the only person who knows whether you've made a mistake, or simply had a happy accident.

A closeup of the sweater with an in-progress sleeve. Featuring skacel by addi® FlexiFlips.

Because this pattern involves three separate colors for the colorwork, doing the Magic Loop Method was out of the question for me, since it would have involved wrangling 6 different balls of yarn at once.

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