The re-knit cardigan

half finished purple cardigan

So, I vowed I would knit and finish this cardigan. I would finish it before my birthday (I told myself about 5 days ago). And I would wear it proudly! It just needs a sleeve and a half, a hood and the front pads with buttonholes/bottons. But…

This is the second attempt at the body and fourth attempt at the sleeves and I still hate it.

The first time around I knitted it copying the measurements and construction of my fisherman’s sweater which I have knit out of my own handspun. But the first sleeve ended up tapering too quickly, I reknit it doing less frequent decreases and then decided I would frog it because the fabric bunched too much around the armpit and it was uncomfortable (who wants to wear an uncomfortable cardigan?)

So I started over, trying the dreaded raglan shoulder/sleeve shaping, thought I figured it out, finished the body and then… the sleeve is too small.

I took it in stride, ripped out the sleeve for the third time and started over with no decreases at all.

And yup, still too small. That explains why the shoulders bunch a little funny, there just aren’t enough stitches to fit me.

I hit a wall with this, seriously, I was knitting with the finish line in mind, only a few things left to do, but now I just can’t wear this.

And it isn’t just “let’s knit the raglan again” because it is knit top down, that means I would have to frog _the whole thing_ and start over again.

I dont’ know if I have the spirit left to do this. I’ve grown to dislike this yarn as well, horrible splitty merino *shakes fist*.

Now either I throw in the towel and forget about the purple merino adventure (some ritual burning of said wool might happen), or try to find someone who fits and likes the cardigan, or I stuff it in a “don’t want to see this for at least another few months” bag awaiting to be frogged and reknit.

I’m thinking I should start buying the yarn the pattern indicates because I’m a disaster. Though the fisherman’s sweater only took me 2 tries for the armhole & collar, I think, to get it absolutely perfect.

It’s the curse of the horrible purple superwash merino yarn…

The re-knit cardigan

6 thoughts on “The re-knit cardigan

  1. I too had knit one with small sleeves — instead of frogging the whole project, I thought I could exercise and eventually get my arms to fit in it, lol… I did end up frogging it finally. If you do find someone that the sweater fits, it’ll be a relief. :)

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    1. I stopped suggesting to myself that I should exercice more to fit into too small clothes. In reality, I’m never going to wear it when it isn’t comfortable, it would just be a waste. But I’m already swatching for a different cardigan with different yarn, so I’ll just wait and see how I feel about frogging my purple disaster in a few days :-)

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      1. Yup I don’t do the suggesting thing now either. ☺ It’s a little sad that the cardigan might be frogged, but it’ll probably be for the best. Good luck!

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  2. I have never hear or used the word “frogged”… or “frogging”… of course I have never knitted nor know how…. I had to do a quick search to see exactly what you and Anita where talking about. I like the look… even though I am not a fan of purple… it is too bad about the sizing problems…

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    1. Frogging is indeed knitting lingo, it entails undoing everyting you’ve done, not necessarily to start over. But definitely winding the used yarn back into balls. I’m a bit of a knitting addict. I haven’t made time for anything else lately, though I’m itching to get behind my spinning wheel again.
      How’s your weaving going?

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      1. Nick thanks for asking I am still plugging along at it… I am not “weaving in” this time so I am much happier. I am about 1/2 done with he rug I as working on. Right now it is spinning the wool that slows me down. Also just spun some wool that I dyed with black beans… first time plying (2 ply)… still very novice… I admire your knitting skills…

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