OAL update and a tips from a novice

Eeep! There’s these than 3 weeks left of the OAL and I haven’t even started sewing my dress and when I started writing this post (on Friday) I’d only got as far as knitting the first sleeve of my Vianne. I managed to knit the second sleeve head and the first lot of decrease rows over the weekend. I’m sure I’ll finish the cardigan in time, sleeves go fairly quickly when I actually do them, I just hate knitting them as I find them boring so put them off. It’s the dress I’m starting to panic about but PMA and all that. I WILL finish in time. I will, I will, I will.


As a novice knitter who has coped faaar better than anticipated with this pattern, which is by far the most complicated one I’ve knit I thought I’d share some of the things that have helped me.

The part I was most worried about with the Vianne cardigan was definitely the sleeves. I found picking up the stitches for the button bands and neckband on my Miette one of the hardest parts and picking up stitches for a sleeve seemed even worse because you definitely have to to get the right number (for my miette neckband I just made sure it was an even number). Then I read something online that suggested breaking a button band down into smaller sections, which I thought was a great idea for the sleeves. So I measured the circumference of the armhole and as I’m knitting the medium and need to pick up 70 stitches I divided it into 7 sections and then just had to pick up 10 stitches per section. Far easier and less ripping back and restarting. I was lucky with the maths though so I don’t know how helpful this would be if you’re knitting a different size.

vianne sleeve hole
One stitch marker is hiding

The second thing I found super helpful was this tutorial on knitting set in sleeves using short rows from Tasha of By Gum, By Golly. The tutorial is a really in depth look at knitting set in sleeves and the short row section was exactly what I needed as it was the first one I’d found that talks you through the picking up of the wraps as well as the W&T part.

When it comes to general pattern following I’m sure everyone has different methods that work for them, what’s worked fairly well for me is simply keeping a tally chart. I mark down which row of the lace stitch pattern I’m on and have a separate tally for keeping track of where I am in the pattern overall or in a particular set of repeated rows.

In bronze sharpie because it was the only pen I could find

This notepad will make very little sense to anyone but me but the sets of 10 tally marks you can see running down the left were to mark where I was in the lace stitch pattern and then the other sets of tally marks with numbers in front of them were where I was in a given section of the pattern. For example, where it says 52 at the top I had to repeat two rows 26 times so I counted each row.

In other news, I watched the first episode of Agent Carter last night and I am utterly besotted with Peggy’s blue suit. I couldn’t find a good picture online but the skirt is lovely too, high waisted and swishy.  I am fully intending to try to copy it at some point, perhaps for next year’s Cardiff Comic Con.

I want to be Peggy Carter when I grow up
I want to be Peggy Carter when I grow up

I predict by the end of the series I’ll have planned a whole wardrobe of ridiculously impractical 40s suits and dresses. Is anybody else watching and swooning over the clothes and hair?

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