I know, I know, ...in horse shoes and hand grenades. And after my recent post (perhaps more aptly named a rant) about getting gauge, I feel the need to 'fess up. I did not knit a swatch before I started this sweater.
There. I've said it. I measured my knitting after I started the back. More to the point, I didn't wash the swatch I didn't knit either. The horror.
My only excuse is that I didn't want to. I usually get gauge and this tape is pretty stable. Not good excuses, but they're mine. Please do as I say, not as I do.
Here is Remsen. Well, most of Remsen, I'm still working on one of the sleeves, but I couldn't wait to see if I'd gotten it right. After a good, long soak in warmish water and dish soap, this cotton tape yarn relaxed some. What it really did was grow width wise, a problem remedied by strong lengthwise pulling.
So far, so good. I tried to knit the body an inch or so longer than the pattern called for -- 11 1/2 rather than 10 inches here, check. And the width resolved itself in order stretch to the required length. 22 inches. Good.
Hmm. Arm openings are 10 inches rather than 9. Hope I can ease in this stretchy fabric so that the sleeve fits the opening. If not, I can do a few more increases on the sleeve. Or pull back the neck. We'll see in a few hours.
Here was the tricky part. These pieces interlock to form the tied front of the sweater. Those outside edges get folded in half and seamed to themselves and the resulting piece gets sewn to the sides of the back. It works... as I've said before, I've helped 3 customers put this thing together. An aside on seaming -- I bought smooth cotton yarn in the same color to seam. No way I'm seaming with a thick and thin cotton tape.
The marvel is that these things resemble both the measurements on the schematic included in the pattern and each other. The pattern said to make two, reversing the shaping of the second. Really? Can you see all that shaping? It was not television knitting, I'm telling you.
So. I'm waiting for the pieces to dry so that I can put them together. Of course, we got like 17 inches of rain this afternoon, so the drying will take awhile. I might even be able to finish the other sleeve.
Another aside. You wish I had Smellivision. Dear Son is learning to cook bacon so that he doesn't have to wait for me to get up off the couch and make it for him. He's got a whole package of thick cut bacon in a jelly roll pan on parchment paper in the oven at 400 for 15 or so minutes. He's watching it like a hawk. Dinner's in like an hour and a half -- too long to wait. So, an entire package of bacon it is. 14-year-olds eat either nothing or everything. Depending on the day. Today is an everything day.