Allergic to knitting in the round

I haven’t been very good about keeping my new blog up-to-date. Let’s try a short blog post. We’ll see if “short” works out. Fingers crossed.

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you’ll know something about the trials and tribulations I’ve had with the sweater I’m designing right now. It’s a little tank top, cables at the sides, cables at the shoulders, if I ever get that far, and stockinette everywhere else. I’ve had a number of false starts, one of which got me within 75% of finishing the thing, and one that was considerably farther. I have given up on trying to knit the thing in the round. Seems I’m allergic to knitting this thing in the round (you’ll see). First I forgot to alternate between skeins of this lovely hand-dyed yarn that Baah! Yarn gave me to design with.

If you look closely, you'll see the line.

If you look closely, you’ll see the line.

I frogged back to the ribbing, then started to switch back and forth between two hanks, every other row. Things moved right along, though I didn’t really like the very obvious spot where I switched the hanks, but thought I’d be able to get around that, if it didn’t fix itself with blocking. I finished the waist shaping, and knit up the back, then took another picture.

Missed crosses! head.desk.

Missed crosses! head.desk.

I happily shared the photo on Facebook. Then I looked at it closely. Then I took a good close look at my knitting. Really? Yup. In not one but two places I missed crossing the cables, and in another I crossed one in the opposite direction. Head.Desk.

What did I do next?

You got it.


This time when I cast on I thought I’d be clever and knit the thing in pieces, then seam them later. Heh. I figured I’d knit the back separately from the front and sides. I spent an entire evening knitting the back, got most of the way through the waist shaping. The next morning I realized how silly that was.

At least this time when I frogged it, there wasn’t quite as much knitting done.

And I used the ball winder to get nice, fresh, center-pull cakes to knit from again.

Then cast on for (hopefully) the final time.

Now I’m knitting the whole thing at once, but flat, with the yarn changes hiding safely along one side. I even remembered to add two stitches to the cast on, stitches that will disappear when I make the one and only seam.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a current progress picture. The camera’s up here with me, and the knitting is downstairs, and frankly, at the moment I’m far too lazy to put everything in the same place to take a picture of it.

In case you were wondering, the pattern will include instructions for knitting flat and for knitting in the round. Just in case someone else out there wants to knit this, and like me, is allergic to knitting sweaters in the round.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain

Is this for me?

Is this for me?