I think I’ve kept everyone waiting long enough!!
When I first read through the pattern, I have to admit that I was a tiny bit freaked out by the “semi” set-in sleeves. I haven’t knit those in a long time and I don’t think that my scrunched up sleeve seaming efforts have been documented on the blog here. When sleeve day came, I began the seaming session and voila…just like that, I was done. There had been no swearing nor any need for strong drink during said session!
After that, it was just round and round with a few decreases thrown in at regular intervals to get the sleeves to behave. This is where my boo-boo happened. Not the fault of the pattern or the yarn, just my knitting tension. I was magic-looping those sleeves since that is my preferred method of knitting in the round and every time I came to the point where you need to slide the stitches to begin on the next half of your round (fellow magic-loopers, you know what I mean). The first couple stitches would be so snug that I would have to tug them over the needle to knit and each time I felt like I would snap the yarn. That’s when I decided that it was time to dig out my unused DPNs and try that method. Turns out, I suck at DPN-ing. Check out that ladder!!!
Lesson learned, I went back to ML on the other sleeve and tugged those stitches painfully across each round. A note about the yarn – Malabrigo Lace being 100% merino with a single ply construction is notorious for pilling. I’ve worn this cardigan only a couple times but I haven’t noticed any pilling, yet. Just the usual fuzzy halo of merino yarn. I’m sure the dreaded pilling will happen eventually.
Great summer cardigan. Great little details. Great pattern. L-o-v-e gazillion!