So this run of trouble free knitting had to end eventually. Right? Every project needs at least one “Duh!” moment. Last night as I cast on for the right front I looked at the pattern and thought “Hmm, if I do it that way I am going to end up with a yarn end to weave centre front of the cardigan. Why not knit the first row after the ribbing as a purl row and have the cast on end at the side?”. So that is what I did. It was all looking marvelous until I forgot to add a few rows to the row counter and had to go back and count them. As I peered oh so closely at those tiny little stitches something occurred to me. The moss stitch looked a bit different on this piece. The cast on looked a bit different on this piece. Witness below, right side on the left, wrong side on the right. Oops.
As I further considered my mistake I realised that the twisty pattern of the stocking stitch stitches was reversed. This is a small thing that most people probably wouldn’t have noticed but it would have bothered me forever. Double oops. I forgot to take a picture of last nights stitches before I ripped it out, but you can see how distinct the stitches are in this photo.
So I ripped back to the band and started again. Oh well. Knitting a piece a day was never going to last was it? However, I have had lots of knitting time on buses and in waiting rooms today and am just about to start the neck shaping, I should be finished quite early tonight. The problem is I think it may have been a mistake to knit the button holes spaced as per the pattern for 6 buttons, just less the bottom two, I think they probably should have been bunched up a bit more in the top half of the sweater, but I am not completely sure, so I am going to finish the piece as is before deciding.
And finally, another question. I am thinking about a hat to go with the cardigan and booties. I am thinking about continuing the moss stitch theme. These are the three options I am considering. Debbie Bliss Cable and Moss Stitch Hat, Debbie Bliss Simple Hat and this Moss Stitch and Single Rib Hat. In some ways I think the last one is closest to what I was imagining, I worry the Cable and Moss Stitch Hat is too fussy and the Simple hat has no Moss Stitch, but maybe it’s too plain? What do you think?