Having had a lovely spinning day on Saturday, I woke up on Sunday all ready to focus on my neglected Aran cardigan.
The first step was to find a cardigan I already like to use as a guide for the length of my new cable sweater. The length from the bottom of the ribbing to the shoulder seam is twenty inches.
It took a few minutes to get everything arranged. My little bag of knitting tools, a mug of strong tea and a few cookies. I haven't been able to enjoy this sweater while I was doing my secret knitting so it was pleasant to become reacquainted. I knit for awhile and then laid it out flat to admire my work. What? A mistake! Right there in the front right cable panel. Ok, take a breath. I can just drop down the stitches and work it all back up correctly. It was quite a long way down but not too much of a problem.
But, wait! Another one in the back left cable panel!!
And, another in the front left cable panel!! Good grief!! I clearly had been distracted during the few times I've been able to knit on my treasured cardigan. I decided that I needed to walk away for the rest of the day so I packed up my cardigan and relaxed with my current pair of Big Black Socks.
I brought the cardigan into the office on Monday in order to collect sympathy. After I took my blog photos, I started on the right front panel. I learned that when you are working with a complicated cable, you have to drop down the stitches from the entire repeat (26 stitches). All of the stitches travel around so much that they are rather tangled.
I used a second set of circular needles to work my correction knitting. After each "row" it was easy to slide the stitches to the other end of the cable in order to start all over again.
It took awhile for me to get the hang of keeping a good tension on each single strand so that I had enough yarn to finish the last couple of stitches at the end. I used a crochet hook to adjust the stitches after every row.
The right front panel is the one that goes down the farthest so once I finish it I will be finished with the worst. My sister is visiting this weekend but will head back home Sunday morning. So, again, I will find myself settled into my knitting spot to work on my cardigan. Hopefully I will be able to finish all the repair work and start up with the regular knitting on Monday.