So I’ve been knitting on my February Sun on Snow pullover, to celebrate the crisp light of this time of the year. The pattern is crazy stripes tee by Alfa Knits, a top down pattern. I’ve been increasing for the fronts, back and sleeve like forever because it’s knit in fingering weight on needles 2,25 mm. Rows are currently 430 stitches and rising.
I have another 28 rows to go before the stitch count of the front matches that of the back and I can close the front and start the colour stripes. I need the length too, the yoke is nowhere near long enough to close for the sleeves yet.
Just for funsies I put it on a spare needle and compared it to a comfortable wide fitting shirt:
Aargh! Way too wide! Checking the pattern: I should have 270 stitches plus some for my altered gauge. Probably around 320.
I’m not ripping back. Not with 400+ stitches in each row.
I found this out late yesterday evening and I’ve had a sleep on it and asked some people for advice. If I knit on but stop increasing in the back I will get an awkward vertical part in the armhole.
So I’m thinking to stop increases at the marker points but spread them more evenly, like a round yoke. Just abandon those neat lines. Knit on for the length, increasing at the fronts and sleeves, but at variable places. Then when it’s time to separate for the sleeves just redistribute the stitches.
Or will that be weird? Will I end up with a line on my sleeves? Knitting stretches, right?
I’ll take the rest of the day to think about this. I still have another project to knit on in the mean time:
Curse all this Goldilocks knitting.