Since the weather turned colder and we got hit with a couple of snow days, I have been working away on my BlueSand Cardigan much more than on my Wispers. It’s in the same state as my last post about it. BlueSands has proven to be much more intriguing than a typical raglan cardigan.
I’m doing the combination yoke version, and there are many things to pay attention to on the shoulder shaping. Luckily, the designer has provided line by line instructions separated by size so the pattern is easy to follow in this area. Though I’m using fingering weight yarn, I’m not adding many additional rows to each stripe, because I anticipate the sweater growing lengthwise with a wet block, as superwash yarns are wont to do. I did wet block my swatch, but that doesn’t really account for the weight of the finished garment.
Sleeves are usually my nemesis on a sweater project, so I decided to take a break after the first body stripe and go ahead and make my sleeves first. I made a bit of a modification on the sleeves. I left the first stripe section as plain stockinette, and started the decreases in that section. I made the second stripe the slip stitch section, inspired by the elbow patch slip stitch section on this Raveler’s project page. I did make more repeats than called for in this section. I just kept trying it on and repeated until it appeared to be evenly spaced over my bent elbow. Scientific, huh? I love knits that you can try on as you knit them.