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Third time a charm?

The Baby Bolero pattern from One Skein is cute. It’s easy. It’s fast. I’ve started three and haven’t finished one.

Not one to lose faith, I’m plugging away at #3, fully believing I can have it knit, seamed AND delivered to Florida by next Wednesday, March 28.

Yeah.

Tuesday’s status:

As of Thursday’s lunch break, I had finished the back (shown partially done, above) the left front (on the stitch holder to the left), and 3/4 of the other sleeve (sleeve one at top). I didn’t actually work on it at all Wednesday or today–turns out Mr. Cygknit is actually sick, oops–so I’ve come pretty far in a short amount of time.

So, my internal Q & A runs something like:

Question: Do I have any hope of finishing it before the weekend is up?

Answer: The knitting, no problem. Even if I don’t knit a stitch tonight, I’ll have that sleeve done on my lunch break Friday. But to get it in the mail Saturday, I ought to block and seam Friday night. And get to the Post Office by Noon on Saturday.

Question: So what’s the problem with finishing these?

Answer: Overwhelming frustration

This is the first one I knit, for Baby CygKnit:

I’ve blocked the sleeves and armholes, and all that’s left to do is seam it. Except…when I tried to sew the shoulders it turned out awful.

Olive helpfully points out that when you graft shoulder seams together, you should have wrong sides facing. Not right sides.

The other shoulder, (seen if you click for big) is just live stitches swinging in the wind. It turns out that blindly following directions isn’t always the best idea. Not only did I bind off as directed, but I actually wove in the ends. Then, I read the assembly instructions: “Sew shoulder seams together.” Um, OK. How? What’s best? An hour of picking my ends out later, I was prepared for the grafting…which I promptly did inside-out. Can you see why I want to frog the whole darn thing and make a different sweater?!

*Deep breath*

For the Florida Baby’s bolero, I left the shoulder stitches live (seen in top photo) so I could do either a three needle bind off or kitchener. Which should I do? Any suggestions would be gratefully (and tearfully) received.

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