Hesitation.

I’m feeling a certain amount of hesitation about my Coraline sweater.

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There are plenty of things I like about the sweater, and a few things that are causing me to rethink my commitment.  The pattern starts out with a provisional cast-on and turned hem, which I decided to modify into garter stitch.  My foggy brain can only handle so much right now, and maneuvering a crochet hook around my knitting needles wasn’t something I was up for.  So I knit the garter border and really like how it turned out.  You can never have enough garter stitch in your life, I think!

Then I went up a needle size to 4s and have been working on the stockinette for the body.  The interesting detail here is that it has an i-cord edging which requires that you slip the first 3 stitches of every row.  It looks nice on the front, but it’s not quite coming together on the back like I had imagined.  Can you see the floats?

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Then there’s the issue of this being a DK weight yarn on size 4 needles.  It feels like it will be 2020 before I get this sweater done and it’s only been a week! I’ve already knit an entire ball of yarn (that’s 144 yards) and feel like I don’t have much to show for it.  I only bought 10 balls altogether, and even thought that’s 1,440 yards I’m worried about running out of yarn!

So, I cast on a baby project in kitchen cotton to take my mind off these worries, hoping that things would become clear if I gave Coraline a couple of days off.  Thing is, I’m just not sure yet.  Sigh…

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6 thoughts on “Hesitation.

  1. Very pink! Give it a break for now and come back to it later and you will feel diffently. For the future, try some other types of provisional cast-ons and then you can decide at the end what type of edging the sweater wants to have.

  2. i like the idea of changing the bottom to garter stitch. Good call. But I can understand your hesitation on the other fronts. However, I think the floats look ok on the back – it’s not like you’re going to be able to see them once it’s being worn are you?

  3. Sometimes the beginning of a project is just a big swatch. I’ve been there a lot lately. Then it’s time to let it rest, and it will tell you its secrets in the morning…

  4. I’m right there with ya! My sweater is slow going because I’m using size 2 needles with the silky wool to get gauge! So I’ll finish that sweater with you at 2020!

    Have you try tugging it while you do the i-cord edging? I had luck with the extra tugging and not have the weird floats on the wrong side.

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