Yarn anxiety

So, a month or so ago I decided to knit my first Ribby Cardi as a gift sweater for someone this coming Christmas. Since superwash yarns are always touted as the magic bullet for gift knitting, and since KnitPicks just came out with a new worsted weight superwash yarn, I decided to take the plunge and order up a bunch for the Ribby.

I really should have looked into these things sooner – according to the Brainy Lady’s recent post, and at least 2 others I’ve come across, Swish does in fact shrink up after machine drying, changing from a row gauge of 7 rows/inch to 8 rows/inch. Ack.

There’s no going back, now, I’ve ordered the yarn and this sweater is darned sure going to be knitted with it. I’m just hoping the Ribby Cardi will stand up to some lengthening – I’ve never done a raglan sleeve before (I know, I know… *sheepish*), but I bet it’s a lot harder to lengthen those armholes than on a set-in sleeve.

Le sigh. Thankfully I”ve still got the Fair Isle sweater to distract me (I MUST finish it before starting something else, I MUST), but Christmas sure is getting closer. Hm.

It’s my department’s Halloween party tonight, so not much knitting for me this evening, but I do wish a happy Halloween to those participating in the festivities tonight! And for those who are staying home to knit, knit a row or two for me, would you? 😉


  1. DO make sure you lengthen it and the sleeves. I have neither long arms nor a long torso but it’s a short sweater on me. The sleeves are fine, but the sweater only comes to just past the top of my jeans. Not a horrible thing, but I feel more comfortable with longer sweaters. Most of the comments I’ve read about it, were that most folks chose to lengthen it. Do an internet search for a Ribby Cardi Knitalong. You don’t have to be a member to read the entries and it helped me a whole lot.

    That said, it’s a WONDERFUL pattern. I’m planning on making it again.

  2. I’ve got your back for a few rounds of knitting tonight, have fun!
    I am looking forward to hearing what you think of the Swish.

  3. Twig – thank you for those tips! The person I’m knitting for is shorter than I am, but it sounds like more length is still a good idea. I’ll look up the knitalong, too!

    Marianne – awesome! So glad the knitting was happening somewhere. And I do hope the Swish cooperates with me. More reports as knitting occurs 😉

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