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April 17, 2005

A Suggestion to the Intelligent

Please remember, my friends, that a pattern is merely a suggestion to the intelligent.  nona urges you to use your common sense and personal knitting heuristics when following a pattern.  I find patterns to be a bit dicey when it comes to fitting sleeve caps into shaped armholes.  A small deviation in gauge or measurements -- even unintentionally -- can result in a mismatch. 

Why, you wonder, is nona contemplating mismatched sleeve caps and armholes?  Well, I'm at that point in my Elena cardigan for nona-niece-the-hip.   I've worked the sleeves up to the middle of the cap shaping and its time to pause and tweak the pattern -- if necessary -- to ensure an even fit.  At this point in the game, the knitting can tell me more than the pattern itself.  In fact, the partially knit sleeve cap is screaming, "I'm not big enough".  So, I'm going to listen to my knitting and add a few extra rows to increase the height of the cap.

Whatever project you're working on, pause every now and again to ensure what the pattern says matches what you, and your knitting, want -- the pattern is only a suggestion, at least to nona.

nona follows her knitting, not the pattern, when working the top of a sleeve cap. 

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Thanks nona for sharing that even nona has to deal with a non-fitting sleeve from time to time!

Posted by: nona friend the oldest | Apr 18, 2005 9:15:40 AM

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