Frogging was a disaster. Apparently Lopi is pretty apt to give in and fall apart when you tug on it with any force, and it clings to itself fiercely, so reclaiming the wool I used was not an option. I might have enough left to finish a 3/4-sleeved sweater with, but there's no way to be sure, and I really want this sweater to work. Off to the LYS, where I purchased 2 enormous skeins of Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool, then home to wind the yarn into balls and crunch the numbers.
478 is a lot of yards to wind. It took at least an hour before I was ready to start swatching. The yarn called for #10 needles but the pattern called for #10 1/2, which is what I used.
Before blocking, my swatch gave 4 stitches to the inch, and the same was true after blocking. Using Elizabeth Zimmermann's percentage system from Knitting Without Tears and my favorite yoked sweater (not a cardigan, so I added 4 stitches for the button band), I calculated that I would need:
- 88 stitches for the neck
- 186 stitches for the chest
- 60 stitches for the arm circumference at the underarm
- 15 stitches at the bottom of the underarm (to be cast on after placing live arm stitches on waste yarn)
- 45 stitches for the arm to be placed on waste yarn and picked up when working the arms.
The number crunching got ugly after that. I had to ask for help from an expert (thank you, D) and consider several courses of action before deciding that I would work the pattern as follows:
- Cast on 88 stitches
- Follow rows 1-7
- Complete row 8 as given; 142 stitches
- Follow rows 9-19
- Row 20: k5, m1, k2; (m1, k4) until 7 stitches remain; m1, k2, m1, k5; 170 stitches
- follow rows 121-131
- Row 32: k5; (m1, k4, m1, k3) until 11 stitches remain; (m1, k2) twice; m1; k5; 217 stitches
- Follow rows 33-44
- Row 45: k20, place 45 sts on waste yarn, k87, place 45 sts on waste yarn, k20; 127 stitches
- Row 46: k5, p to first armhole, cast on 15 stitches, p to second armhole, cast on 20 stitches, p 15, k5
- work in stockinette stitch with garter stitch border until desired length; knit 9 rows of garter stitch; bind off all stitches (note -- no waist shaping!)