First of all, thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes for my mom. I started out trying to email a thank-you to every commenter but got bogged down and I know I missed a few people — my apologies! So a big blanket thank you to everyone! I think my mom feels like a celebrity with all this attention.
The birthday festivities aren’t over yet — there’s a swanky brunch party on Sunday, hosted by my aunt.
Short Sleeve Cardi
I did finish the back of the short-sleeve cardi last night — see?
I started on the left side front. Here it is:
In reading ahead in the pattern, I found a couple of anomalies.
First off, on the back, you do a couple of increases on each side in-between the ribbed waist portion and the armhole bind-offs. There is no mention of doing this on the fronts of the cardi. Huh?
I looked at the schematic, and it clearly shows that there is indeed side shaping on the front.
I also noted on the schematic that it shows the slant of the vee-neck decreases starting directly above the ribbed portion. The pattern has you work straight for a few inches before you start the decreases.
I checked the Vogue Knitting website for errata — there are none for this design.
So I decided to do the shaping between waist and armhole to match the schematic and the sweater back (of course). And I’m going to do the vee-neck decreases according to the written directions and not the schematic, because I think the vee would be far too deep otherwise.
I also noted that the pattern has you end up with one more stitch before the shoulder decreases on the front than it does on the back. I will do one extra decrease on the neck shaping to make them come out even.
Actually, I’ll be doing several extra decreases, to compensate for the stitches I increased for the side shaping above the waist.
I’ll also need to adjust the rate of decrease to accomodate these extra stitches.
All of this adds up to some mild annoyance for me. I’m mentioning these issues here for anyone who is thinking about knitting this — keep your eyes peeled for these pattern hiccups.
(I’ll go back to the VK website and look for an email address to use for submitting errata when I’ve finished the sweater. Who knows? There might be issues with the sleeves as well!)
There was a question in the comments asking how easy it would be to size this sweater up. It comes in 4 sizes — 34, 36, 38, and 40 inch finished bust measurement. I think it would be fairly easy to size it up a bit — it’s not a terribly complicated pattern.
Camouflage Sock Number One
I went back to work today after 5 glorious days away. So the Camouflage sock came with me on the train. I did indeed finish the first sock:
Here’s the toe of the second sock:
Can you guess what cast-on I used for this toe? Hint: I’ve whined about it being too fiddly.
Speaking of going back to work, I’m pretty sure I heard Lucy heave a sigh of relief as I left home this morning.
“It’s about time! She was seriously messing up my nap schedule!”
(No book giveaway this week — tune in next week!)