I am still knitting the new cardigan for my mother. Here is where I am at now.
Unfortunately I have hit a few obstacles while knitting this. It is obvious that the knitting gods are punishing me for starting something new (please note that this excuses me from any personal responsibility for my mistakes.)
The pattern I am knitting is the Eyelet Cardigan (ravelry link.) The pattern is by Alison Williams and it is a leaflet printed by Blue Sky Alpacas. It is a cropped cardigan but mom asked for more length. Also it is knit in pieces and then seamed. I am not a huge fan of seams when they are not necessary so I decided to knit it in the round to the arm holes.
I added all the stitches from the left front, right front, back, and cast on. I counted the CO row 3 times and got the same number, 156. Great, so I commenced the 4″ of ribbing.
After the ribbing the eyelet pattern required some more math to center the pattern. I knit the first row as I had figured and ended up off at the end. I counted my repeats and checked them all to make sure I had not made a mistake. Nope. I could not figure out what was wrong. I checked my notes. Huh? It says to cast on 152 stitches and I vaguely remember counting (3x) 156 stitches. I was not knitting 4″ of ribbing again for 4 measly stitches so I decided to add some “filler” stitches around the pattern and continued knitting.
After about 3″ of the eyelet pattern I noticed that the increases I was doing for the bust shaping were not working out as I had planned. The increases were almost done and I was at where the cardigan would hit mom at her high waist. Not so good, it turns out I needed to add length (remember not cropped?) before starting the shaping. Whoops, no quick fix this time. I decided it mattered enough to rip out. I have now reknit those 3″ and will now start the bust shaping.
A close up that shows the color fairly well.
The following is the only decent picture I have of the eyelet pattern, but it is not stretched so I need to stretch it and take a pic which is kinda hard.
Hopefully I will only have to knit things once from here on out.