I’ve been rather under the weather the last few days, and have spent more time than I ought to have propped up on the couch watching Battlestar Gallactica with my husband. We just started watching a week or two ago and are already onto season 2 (no spoilers, please – this is our first time watching the series!). It’s given me a nice chance to get some solid knitting done on the garter rib cardigan:
I’m now about halfway through the bind-off on the shawl collar/button-band. I decided to do a tubular bind-off, because I like the way it gives a polished edge that looks nice on both sides (very important in something like a shawl-collar, where both sides are on display).
It takes FOREVER, but I am not the sort of knitter who will trade speed for a well-finished garment. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. Yes, a bind-off that takes several hours is slightly crazy-making in the moment, but if your goal is to have a sweater that you can wear with pride for years and years, what’s a couple of extra hours? Cutting corners is hardly ever worth it in the long run.
Just another hour or so to go…
Then I’ll make pockets (which, in the tutorial, I suggest making first, as a sort of gauge swatch, but I didn’t think of that brilliant plan until I’d already knit most of the cardigan), and possibly figure out a way to stitch on some elbow patches before I’ll call this thing “finished”. The tutorial-based pattern will hopefully follow shortly thereafter!