Will blog about this at line4line.blogspot.com…
March 23, 2014 Just blocked this thing and I have to say, it’s a yarn hog! Took 1100 yards of DK (admittedly, the pattern is drafted for worsted-weight). The Chickadee really does stretch when wet blocked but, as I’ve used it before, I have to remember that it does rebound. Intrigued to see how this is going to look, drape and fall once it dries.
March 1, 14 I’m intrigued by this very simple-seeming, but quite complex pattern. It’s tough-going casting on and getting into the rhythm. There are so many variables one is apt to start again on a few occasions before cracking the code.
One of the other Ravelers who commented on this sweater (Islandbirdknits) really helped by suggesting that, from after set up row until you finish making the yoke, you can think of cartridge rib (starting on RS after K3, M1) as KKKP and on the WS (after P3) as KKPK.
Another helpful comment I’ve read a few times is that the Sleeve Set Up chart is just to be used for the first 2 rows - once you’ve done this, then you can move on to the third row (and onwards): RS K3, M1, (K3,P1) (till 2 stitches before the raglan marker) etc. and on the WS P3, (K2P1K2) (till 2 stitches before the raglan marker) etc.
I cannot bring myself to frog this, given all I went through to make it, but it’s just not a good shape on me. Too boxy and I never wear it. I wish I could find it a good home because I don’t think unknitting it is the answer.