Thursday, December 27, 2012
I do them first.
Let's face it, the enthusiasm for a project is highest at the beginning. Now patterns always seem to like to start with the back (usually the largest piece, especially when knitting cardigans), but there's no knitting law that requires the back to be knit first. By the time the back is done, sure a huge chunk of the sweater is done, but then there's those nasty sleeves to knit (twice).
So now I cast on my sleeves first when ever I can (this doesn't work on some projects: top down or if you pick up stitches and knit the sleeves top down).
The other advantage of doing a sleeve first? It's a great test knit. Since it's usually the smallest piece of the sweater, it can be used as a swatch. It's a great way to get comfortable with the pattern stitch and you can even check gauge (if you do that sort of thing*).
So both sleeves are now done on my Eyelet & Cable Cardigan and I'm working on the back. As a matter of fact, the eyelet & cable section is already done on the back, and I'm now on the boring st. st. Hmmm, maybe I need to come up with a way to avoid BSS (Boring Stockinette Stitch)?