;-) ok, I'm pretty happy!
In case you're just joining me, the reason I start with a sleeve
is because I'm gonna cheat a bit and the sleeve can take a bit of a beating.
I'll explain. I have some experience behind me here - this is not my first
or second garment...I don't want to bother with the regular swatch, especially
for 4 colour fairisle - a swatch would likely take almost as much time as the
sleeve and I do know that this yarn at T8 for stockinette and T9 for the fairisle
rows (when mixing plain stockinette and fairisle, as a general rule of thumb,
by going up one full stitch number for the fairisle rows, you'll get the same
stitch gauge on the fairisle as the plain rows) my gauge will be something in
the range of 28-30 sts and 38-40 rows to 10 cm/4 inch and because a sleeve
isn't quite as crucial in fit, I can usually get away with using the sleeve as
my tester and making adjustments for length and width in the body pieces if
necessary. I made the sleeve using 28 sts and 38 rows, note the long cuff which I can turn back if it's way too long...Not that I'm giving you full license to do away with swatches, use
your judgment and know your limitations - if you're not sure of the colour
choices, make a swatch first. If you're not sure of how many plain rows you
want where, make a regular swatch.
won't bore you with how many times I had to rip out a row because I forgot to
change the cam to fairisle or forgot to change the stitch dial from 8 to 9, or
had the colours in backwards, but it did show me that for someone with a lot of
experience, my time away from the machine - even though I had knit this stitch
pattern before, it was a while ago and
remembering things like dealing with the long floats on the Greek key portion:
two choices - tuck the long float on the midway needle before the next row is
knit (which it does tell you in the Knitwords original pattern), or, latch them
up every 10 rows or so if you forgot to do the first one!
make the second sleeve the same, adjust my calculations for the body pieces
according to the actual measurements (30 sts and 40 rows) and think about pockets and the hood. Of
course, you know this is a cardigan but I've already planned to do a button-up
front - need to change it up - kinda sick of zippers for now...