Thinking Through March

I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that I make quick decisions.  I tend to run at a high level:)
I am pretty good at quick decisions though.  Usually, if I go with my gut, I don’t go wrong.
I decided I was going to go to UW Madison.  I applied and got in.  Had the most amazing 4.5 years of college life.  Really.


I decided I wanted to buy a house…looked at only 3 houses and had a house in less than 3 months.

my first house

I decided I wanted to go skydiving for my 30th birthday.  I didn’t think too much about it…Done.


I got engaged in April 2002, got married in August (4 months later)

The moment


I drove past a “now leasing” sign in Stillwater in April and opened the doors of  a yarn and fabric shop in October.

Coming soon

Empty shop

I decided to knit 12 sweaters in 12 months, so I picked them and just went for it.
I chose the patterns I liked.  There wasn’t much more to it.  Now, a smart yarn shop owner would probably have actually read through the patterns to make sure that she liked them.  But…not me.  A smart yarn shop owner would probably have actually done swatches before she selected the yarns she was going to use before she posted them.  But…not me.
I chose the patterns I liked.  There wasn’t much more to it.
So…that brings me to March’s sweater.  I LOVE the look of this sweater. Love the offset cardigan.  Love the crocheted lacy edge.  Love the tweed.


I finally decide to read the pattern.  I don’t love it.  I am trying to decide what to do about it.
Here are the issues I am grappling with.
The sweater is knit basically in stockinette, flat.  So, that is a lot of purlin….like most people, purlin isn’t my favorite thing to do.  One of our customers is going to be knitting this in the round and then she is going to steek it. Yup, she’s gonna cut it.  Eeeekkkk.  I haven’t ever steeked before and she very kindly gave me the low down on it.  I need to decide if I am going to try it.
The button band is knit separately and sewn on.  Then the bottom ribbed band is finished.  WHAT?  I don’t wanna do that.  I don’t understand why it is done that way.  I have read and reread that part of the pattern.   Krishell has read and reread that part of the pattern with me.  We don’t get it.  The only thing we can figure is that the band is knit on smaller needles?   I am thinking about maybe knitting that thing right into the sweater.
Lastly…I was going to do purple with a lime green lacy trim.

Pickadilly Colors


But..I LOVE this blue and white.  Crisp and clean.  Must decide on the color.


I have less than 24 hours till go time and I am gonna need all 31 days to knit this puppy…

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11 Responses to “Thinking Through March”

  1. Nadia says:

    I completely understand about the pattern! When I sat down and read it, I kept trying to figure out why it is done that way. It is a pretty sweater though!

  2. Amy says:

    Purple and green! Your January sweater was blue. Go with the purple and green.

  3. Pam Enz says:

    I just finished a sweater for my son that was all stockinette and I actually learned to love doing the stitch. I put a marker on the row I started on each day so I felt like I was making progress. No photo to post yet – but he loves, loves, the sweater. I think you should do it. I became a purling pro and will never be hesitant to do a stockinette sweater again.

    Pam Enz

  4. Krisha says:

    I like to purl 😛

  5. Michelle says:

    Yeah! You have voiced almost all of the concerns I had with the pattern….I’ve read it a ton, cuz that’s what I do for some reason! I can deal with the stockinette, though I am not excited about it…but the whole button band thing is just a mystery to me. I was wondering if I could just knit it with the 4’s right into the sweater….it sounds like that’s a possibility. I can’t steek it…yikes! I need to be a little further than my second sweater ever before I am comfortable with that! But I do love this sweater-can’t wait to start! I vote for purple and green!!!!

  6. Sarah says:

    Which combo will be more functional for you? I would wear the purple/green over the blue/white.

    I would go with steeking… too much purling and finishing for my style.

  7. Jessica says:

    I vote purple and green, however I understand the urge to go with the blue and white. You could always knit the sweater again in blue and white. Perhaps a continuation of 12 in 12, 24 in 24? Perhaps with a few improvements on the pattern for us that are not ready to steek and with the bottom band included?
    Are you sick of sweaters yet?

  8. pmb says:

    green with blue trim. with tiny purple buttons. yummy.

  9. alison says:

    I love the blue and white!

  10. robin says:

    I’m knitting the button band/buttonhole band right in. (I’m taking the chance that my “knit a buttonhole every 2 inches” will work out.) If I don’t do that, I’ll never finish it. I’ve already got enough sweater pieces that I’ve never seamed…

    Good luck!!

  11. Sarah says:

    Eesh, I wish I’d read the pattern more carefully! I just assumed the button band was going to be a pick up and knit kind of deal. Would that not work because of those 14 stitches on hold at the top? I may be coming in for help on this…….I’ve already put the sleeves on holders, so no going back now!

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