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  • Tag Team Sweater Project : Casting On

    I'm not a fastidious knitter, I would say I have a more laid-back style of knitting.  I really enjoy the process of knitting, it's relaxing and meditative and I do like my finished garment to fit and look good, I just don't want to fuss or stress over every detail... until now.

    I decided, after agreeing to the Tag Team Sweater Project, that I had to change my knitting style.  There is no room for error, I want Karen's sweater to be close to perfect.  Not only do I have to pay attention to every detail, my knitting also have to be neat and tidy.  Someone left a comment on one of my Instagram post saying she hoped Karen and I had the same neatness when knitting. Oh My!  The pressure!  

    Before Karen's yarn arrived I did some homework.  I read the entire pattern a couple of times, highlighting the size we were doing (39.5) and the corresponding stitch counts and any important information or details that I didn't want to overlook.  I am a little worried about the 4 inches of Twisted Broken Rib across 237 stitches (it's slow going) and the short rows with yarn overs (never used this method) and making sure my dimensions match the schematics (I don't want her to end up with a shrug!).  Michele Wang, the designer, said I could contact her if I had any questions.  Knowing Michele has my back makes me I feel a little better.

    Karen's yarn arrived last week, four perfectly hand-wound balls.  It was time to do some gauge swatches.  I did two, one on a US 6 and one on a US 7.  I was a good girl and practiced the Wrapped Chain Stitch Selvedge on the swatches and washed and laid the swatches flat to dry before measuring.  My gauge was slightly off on both.  I texted Karen to get her opinion and we agreed that I would do the sweater on the US 6, my gauge being 21 stitches and 33 rows per 4" (I never get row gauge).  We figured that with 4" of positive ease the gauge would be fine (fingers crossed).

    I casted on the 237 stitches (on a US 5) and started the ribbing.  I am currently 1.5 inches in and only have 9 days to go.  YIKES!  I have a feeling I will be pulling some all nighters.  Wish me luck!

    You can checkout Karen's progress on her blog, Fringe Association and follow both of us on Instagram @toltyarnandwool and @karentempler.

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