You know the old saying practice makes perfect. Well I seem to be practicing a lot this weekend. I did my math, figured out my cast on stitches for my impromptu sweater, a top-down sweater KAL with tutorials (Improv - Fringe Association) and on Saturday cast on and knit away for hours. Then at Midnight I realized that I skipped one increase at the first row for a raglan. The whole front side was not the same shape triangle as the other side and I'm not into making a whole sweater if the top is off. So I ripped it out. But what started as a sad decision ended up being such a good thing. I changed so many things for the better.
First, because it was off the needles I could drape it on my shoulders and check my design so far. I had gotten a correct neck size, but it was more of a tight crew size neck and I wanted a loose fit and a nice scoop. It wasn't happening. So I rethought my numbers, increasing the back, adding a couple stitches at the sides. The Fringe Association's tutorial said that if it's too loose I can adjust through my ribbed neck band. So I'm feeling a bit better about the numbers.
So my third adjustment was a fix in my first row after cast-on! I discovery that since I had done the long tail cast-on I should of purled my first row. I didn't know this, but I had a large ridge at my neck in my first try and wondered if there was a quirk about that particular cast-on that I didn't know. After research, I found out that if you are doing stockinette that the long tail cast-on counts for the cast on and the first knit row. So armed with this new knowledge, I purled, and placed my markers anew at the beginning and it looks so good! Flat, perfect. So I'm learning.
So my weekend has been trying to catch up to where I was, but I feel good about what I have gotten accomplished. My simple sweater is on its way and I'm feeling hopeful that I can figure everything out as I go. The Really Improv Sweater!