ok, i admit it, not the most earth-shattering news.
but i got nothin’ today! and for some reason, i can’t even get good photos in this house (or outside either); what’s up with that?
it’s not that i’m not knitting—i very much AM. but a lot of it is secret knitting and the rest is . . . well . . . button bands.
you know, they look like hardly anything right?
but they are the most time-consuming part of knitting a cardigan (in relation to their actual real estate).
first, you gotta pick up all the stitches—the same number on each side (so the ribbing works out right, for one thing and for another, so it doesn’t hang cockeyed).
and the stitches that you pick up have to be just the right proportion to the edges. if there are too few the button bands will pucker up and if there are too many the front edges will splay and the neck will flop.
of course, you won’t really know if you got the proportion right til it’s all knit up and bound off.
trust me, even the experts have to re-do a button band or two in their knitting lives (and they will, because the thing that makes a person an expert is not that they do everything perfectly the first time, but that they can see it’s not perfect and are willing to work at getting it right).
and then once you have all the stitches on the needles, with everything divided equally and properly, you have to knit it. and we are talking a LOT of stitches—three hundred and fifty something for this small-ish sweater.
it takes me quite a while to get around that row in twisted rib—just sayin’.
plus, there’s mitering at the corners. i’m not crazy about the way mitering looks in this situation, but i’ve tried to do button bands without it (as recommended in some patterns) and i just can’t walk away from that solution feeling like it’s a good one. so i do some mitering; it sorta mostly gets covered by putting a button in that spot anyway (but i know it’s there).
and then—THEN, you have to remember to do those buttonholes on the right row or you will be ripping back a LOT of ribbing. (i didn’t forget this time, but i surely have in the past—WHEN is someone going to invent that alarm that goes off in the pattern signaling the buttonhole/increase/BO row??)
but even with all that, it still feels great when it’s done right; there’s nothing—nothing—like fine finishing work. i’m crazy for it.
(the bands still need to be steamed but i’ll do that when i’m ready to seam—i can’t find my mom’s ironing board, haha; probably a good sign)