This is the back of my Traveling Buds cardigan. I’m pretty happy with how it’s turning out, but I do have a small issue, and a question that maybe one of you can answer.
I have about 10″ done, and I let it soak for a while and then laid it out to dry, so I could see if I needed to make any size adjustments.
When I did my gauge swatches, the US8/5mm needles (used in the pattern, as well as the recommended size for the yarn) gave me fabric that was a little too loose, and although pretty close to gauge, it grew a bit when washed. My second swatch, with US 7/4.5mm needles was a little too tight, but after washing was pretty close to gauge. I decided to stick with the smaller needles, since I could block the wool out a bit bigger if necessary.
After giving my work-in-progress a bath, it has turned out a wee bit smaller than I was planning. I can adjust for it when making the front pieces, and I have also added a stitch at each edge at about where I would increase for the bust if I were doing normal waist shaping.
I’m sure it will work out fine, but here’s where the question comes in.
Somewhere in the dusty recesses of my mind, I seem to remember a trick for adding a small bit of width to a knitted piece, which involved dropping a stitch down to the cast-on (or perhaps just above it), and then somehow using a separate piece of yarn to knit back up the ladder – putting 2 or 3 columns in place of the 1 original one. It was a tip that came from a well-known designer. I want to say Lily Chin, but I’m not sure.
I actually tried doing that, and ripped one stitch down to the ribbing… but then I couldn’t figure out how to work another piece of yarn back up. I tried using a crochet hook to run a chain up the ladder, working the new yarn over each ladder “rung”, and it sort of worked – but it left a ridge of yarn along the side of the new stitches. It wasn’t extremely noticeable to the eye on the knit side, but you could feel it, and you could see it on the purl side (which is the right side in this case).
Has anyone ever heard of a trick like this? It’s always possible that I just dreamed it. I have a strange history of occasionally remembering dreams as if they actually happened. o.O