Sweaterday: Nearing the Finish Line

There’s an excellent chance that I will have a completely finished Larch cardigan by the end of February.


I won’t have finished photos of it until next weekend, most likely, but I’m inches away from finishing the bulk of the second sleeve. The sleeve cap takes no time at all. While they’re blocking, I’ll start working on the edging, and in theory, all of this could be done by Tuesday evening, leaving Wednesday evening for sewing in the sleeves and weaving in the few ends (God bless spit-spliceable yarns), and that, my friends, would be an entire cardigan finished in one month.

I know there’s people who knit a sweater a month in much the same manner that I blink, or inhale oxygen, but I didn’t think it would be something I could do. I set up the Sweater Odyssey group on Ravelry to encourage people (like me) to give ourselves a goal and a couple of months to knit a sweater. Not only has this proven to me that I can, in fact, knit a sweater in a month, but it doesn’t even have to take the entire month (since I was working on that other cardigan at the same time). And I’ve been a relative slacker this past week, only knitting for a couple of hours spread throughout the day most days (lunch time, maybe an hour in the evening; Thursday is knitting night so there was much more knitting then).

And I wasn’t knitting exclusively on my Larch either. I finished the right front of my Delancey cardigan, and started on the back.


The goal for Delancey this week was to finish the right front and make it about midway through the back. I’m pretty sure I can finish the second sleeve of Larch today and then probably finish the back of Delancey tomorrow, but even if I don’t, I’m right on track (and planning to knit through the rest week Allyson’s planned following week 4, so I can get this finished by my self-imposed deadline).

My wrist is feeling better this week, probably because I was “slacking” in the knitting department. I know I’ll need to pause and rest throughout the weekend, but since I’m contemplating taking down my Christmas tree (don’t judge me) and have some other household chores that I’ve been ignoring, I think that will give me plenty of time to rest while still making great progress.



7 thoughts on “Sweaterday: Nearing the Finish Line

  1. Wow! I think you can have it done asap. I wonder how long the border is going to take. I remember the ribbing being especially slow the first time around πŸ˜‰
    The sweater odyssey group is great, I am loving this knit along! You should do more with different designer focus’s or patterns again sometime! It gives me such motivation πŸ˜€
    Also, loving the delancey! I looooove your colors, they are looking really good! Can’t wait to see both done πŸ˜€

    • I did finish the sleeve and start on the neckband last night. I don’t think it will take that long, really; the ribbing was slow, for me, only for the first row, but starting from the cast-on edge is always a little slow anyway, making sure the stitches are sitting right and counting simultaneously. πŸ˜€ This does end with 300+ stitches worked in twisted rib all the way around, but the important part of that sentence is “end.” Five rows, 300+ stitches in twisted rib, and then DONE WITH THE KNITTING.

      I’m really pleased with the way the knitalong is going! I would love to do another one, maybe for Fall. I know a lot of people really like Alexis Winslow’s patterns, such as Delancey, and I have the yarn and pattern to knit her Bergen Street cardigan, so that might work. I do like having it open to a designer’s body of workβ€”it allows people to really find a pattern that speaks to them (and for which they might already have the yarn in the stash).

      • haha so true! I’m still a bit nervous for it though! I’m scared that i’m going to botch the stupid ribbing…I have to keep track of it for 300 stitches? -_- uhoh. I had issues with this BEFORE, dangit. Luckily I am stiillllll working on the back so I have time to think about this and prepare myself.
        & I totally agree. I like having the designer instead of just 1 single pattern. I really want a delancey after seeing SO many people doing it. Bergen street is really cute too ( & georgina!). So i would love that KAl basically!

        • Well, it’s 300 stitches for my size. And it really depends on how many stitches you’re able to pick up along the collar edge (I think I may end up a bit short of the 157 I’m supposed to get, but as long as it looks good, I’m okay with it).
          I have the pattern for Georgina as well, it’s so cute! But I have yarn that I want to use for Bergen Street—to make things more “fun” it’s a bulky weight yarn for a pattern that calls for DK! I’ll probably put up a voting page sometime in April to see if folks want to do another Designer KAL later this year (like September-ish). πŸ˜€

          • I made my body 3 – 4 inches longer than called for so I bet it’s going to be a lot for me as well! I’ll be happy as long as it looks good too though so whatever. Our beautiful sweaters will be so worth it!
            & yes, it is adorable! I love it. haha…”fun”. You have a sick sense of humour πŸ˜‰ I’ll keep my eyes out for that vote though!

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