Ariann is progressing slowly. I stopped the first sleeve a bit short and had to do some tinking and reknitting to make sure that I had two sleeves the same length. For the record, there are 39 eyelets on the sleeve before it joins the body. Why not 40? 'Cause I didn't count until AFTER I had already attached the (thankfully) longer sleeve. This picture shows the sleeves after the first wrong side row that attached them. So far so good. On to the raglan decreases, while maintaining the eyelet lace pattern. This is an issue for me because I have no idea how I'm going to make this look nice. It must be hard to photograph or explain because I've seen precious little of raglan shaping on the KAL site. The best tip was someone (I'm sorry, I don't remember who) said to think of the 12 stitch eyelet pattern as 2 mirrored 6 stitch patterns. I can do that. My plan then is to knit in the eyelet pattern as long as I can complete the 6 sitch eyelet side. As soon as I can't do all six, I will revert to stocking stitch. I'm hoping this will keep the eyelets straight. I'm also hoping that it will compliment the stocking stitch segments on the sleeves.
Here is a close up of the right front. I have just finished the first set of raglan decreases. The sleeve is on the top, and the cardigan front below. You can see my plan in action. Eyelets go to the raglan, then the whole thing smooths out on the front and will continue up until it encounters the next column of eyelets. I like it. It's clean.
Here is the back side of the same shoulder. At the bottom are the cast off stitches for the underarm. The sleeve is on the right; body on the left. I like the clean lines that the shaping is making. My stitch marker is in the way a bit, but hopefully you can see how allowing a column of 6 to convert to stockinette all at once compliments the stockinette panel on the sleeve.
I have a staff Christmas party to attend on Saturday and would love to debut Ariann then, so cross your fingers that she continues to behave so nicely and that I can get her knitted and blocked in time.
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