Kerry’s Finished Object: October Cardigan

Have you heard the term “procrastiknitting“? It’s a real made-up word. As it sounds, it’s the act of knitting to avoid having to do other things you know you should be doing.

I must confess: I took procrastiknitting to a whole new level while working on my October cardigan. For the last few months, I’ve been procrastiknitting my knitting. Crazy, I know! I’ll explain.

When I last shared my October cardigan all was well. My needles flew through the back, and I had a blast working the really cool welt details the cardigan features. Then I cast on for the left front, stitched up the sweet pocket detail and, before I knew it, I was working the left front neck and shoulder shaping with the front welt detail. But things went downhill from there.

October Cardigan

Something wasn’t right. My stitch count was off, my decreases weren’t in the correct rows, and I couldn’t find where things went wrong. Instead of stopping, ripping back, and figuring my mess out, I did the worst thing a knitter can do; I just kept knitting. Then I fudged some decreases to get the stitch count correct and placed the shoulder stitches on hold as instructed in the pattern. At the time, I figured it didn’t look wrong when you looked at the actual piece of knitted fabric. The slope of the V-neck was there and the armhole was the right size. I thought, “I’ll just mirror the mistakes on the other side, and it’ll be fine. It’s worsted-weight yarn on size 8 needles. The stitches are easy to see, it won’t be a big deal.”

I think you know where this is going . . . for the past 6 months, I’ve been procrastiknitting everything to avoid dealing with my errors.

Last week, I decided I could procrastiknit no longer. It was time to deal with, er, finish my cardigan. I cast on for the right front and paid closer attention to the details in the pattern when working the area I goofed on the left side. Then, like a grown-up knitter, I ripped back the left front where my errors were and reknit the section where the mistakes were made. Trying to mirror mistakes was a silly idea; it took all of one snowy Saturday afternoon to repair. Once fixed, I worked up the sleeves and had a lot of fun learning to “set in” a sleeve piece to the armhole before seaming the side body.

October Cardigan

I’m still waiting for the buttons to arrive, but I’m calling my sweater done. The Manos del Uruguay’s Gloria yarn, distributed by Fairmount Fibers, was a dream to knit with and held up well to being ripped back and reknit. I love that I have a cozy cardigan to wear these last few months of winter.

And lesson learned: one shouldn’t procrastiknit their knitting.

-Kerry Bogert
Editorial Director, Books


Want to Knit Your Own October Cardigan?

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size: 37 (41 3/4, 44 3/4, 48, 51 3/4)” bust circumference, buttoned.

Specific Yarn Used: Manos del Uruguay Gloria (100% superwash merino wool; 219 yd [200 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #G2390 noche, 7 (7, 8, 9, 10) skeins. Yarn distributed by Fairmount Fibers.

Needles: Sizes 4 (3.5 mm) and 5 (3.75 mm): straight. Size 4 (3.5 mm): 32″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. Note: Kerry found gauge on size 8 needles.

Notions: Marker (m); waste yarn to mark stitches; stitch holders; tapestry needle; seven 5/8″ buttons.

Gauge: 19 sts and 28 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needles.


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