Reading the Tea Leaves
My beautiful mustard seed cardigan has been to the frog pond this morning!! I had some reservations on the fit especially in the yoke area. But it took having most of the body knitted for me to make a firm decision to rip it all out. I knew that I would not be happy with how roomy it was. I also was cutting it close on my yarn supply.
First of all, my gauge which was perfect in the beginning became a little too relaxed. Second of all, I am in between a 36 inch and 40 inch size. So initially I thought the 40 inch would work. But the yoke is so wide that now I am thinking the 36 inch would be better and I could always block it out to gain an inch.
Today I will cast on (again) one size smaller (36 inch) and down a needle size as well. A whole month of knitting was ripped out in less than 45 minutes! Amazing! For some reason, I am never sad about ripping out. It is a fact of life in the knitting process.
I did sleep on my decision. Going to bed knowing that I was probably going to be ripping out a sweater, did not lead to sweet dreams.