Keep on knitting!
I started Wicked on Sunday afternoon. I cast on 128 stitches on size 6 needles to keep the cables nice and neat and the neckline a little more pulled in. The pattern calls for a 32″ circular needle for the body, but there was no way my 128 stitches would fit around that circumference. So I knit the first few rows flat, then joined it and worked it with some of the cord pulled out for several increases. This left a little gap at the back of the neck that I’ll have to go back and seam up.
The front and back of the neck:
(truest color in top photo)
After the cables I switched to size 7 needles. It’s a little smaller than the recommended gauge, but I like the texture of the stockinette fabric. I have been cruising through the increases for the arms. Last night at knitting group I got to the point where I was able to put the sleeve stitches on waste yarn and start knitting the body. Then this morning I was very excited to put the body on waste yarn and try it on. Drumroll, please….
It fits! I cannot believe how quickly this is knitting up. Of course, it helps that I haven’t been working on anything else and love this yarn like a yuppie loves gelato (“Look Marilyn, mojito gelato!”). It’s my goal to have this baby finished by Thanksgiving. Two weeks to go!
Happy knitting this weekend.