As I near the finish of Michael’s sweater, I try to balance the desire to hurry up and be done with it already with the desire to ensure that it’ll fit properly and look nice enough that he’ll want to wear it. Most knitters can recount clothing they’ve made for family or friends that never sees the light of day, remaining in drawers or closets somewhere.
Blocking before sewing is one of those important details. Plus, it’s fun to see the pieces laid out and lovely.
Last night, when the 1.5″ neckband that the pattern called for was too high and turtleneck-ish for Michael’s taste, I
calmly patiently carefully tinked* back several rows and binded off a 1/2″ neckband (K2 P2 ribbing). Much better, Michael declared.
Tomorrow, the sleeves.
* Tink = knit spelled backwards; the process of un-doing knitting stitch by stitch, rather than ripping out row by row.