My February Challenge Sweater is coming along nicely. I have finished the yoke and bound off for the sleeves, and am ready to begin the body. I also found some buttons in my button box that I think will work nicely. From here on it should be smooth sailing.
Things I have learned so far:
- I love, love, love the look of garter stitch. I'm looking forward to starting the Sonnet sweater from Knitty.com (well, ok, I already started it, but it's on hiatus till I finish a couple of other WIP's) which has rows and rows of garter stitch.
- Do buttonholes neatly. The first time. I am not going to want to go back and fix sloppy ones later, and it may not be worth it. I plan on keeping my sweater buttoned most of the time.
- Maybe I should not watch tv or listen to podcasts or music when I'm working on a pattern stitch, even a simple one as appears here. I had to rip out the first tier of the yoke at least three times because of mass confusion in the second or third row, and it was only when I began working in complete silence that I got control of the thing.
- I can weave in ends invisibly and firmly. It's not hard to do that, but I need to take my time to do it right, which I never want to do when I'm frantic to get a finished sweater on my body. I heard someone on a Knit Picks podcast suggest that weaving in ends as you go might be a good idea, and I wholeheartedly agree.
- I am learning quite a bit about top-down construction and how miraculous and versatile this sort of design can be. I rather think I'm going to prefer it from here on in.