Things I’ve noticed along the way, while making this Grace Notes pullover, a highlight by Joji Locatelli in MDK Field Guide No. 23: Grace.
Thing No. 1: Get gauge. If this is your first Atlas sweater, you’ll definitely want to swatch your Atlas. The fit of Grace Notes is going to be nicest if you hit the measurement you’re aiming for.
Thing No. 2: Respect the short rows. Don’t watch The White Lotus while doing these short rows. Don’t even stop for a bon bon. It’s one of those times when you should just power through a section—it’s only 10 rows of short rows for the front and 10 for the back.
No matter how smart I think I am, I inevitably lose track at some point and end up counting stitches over and over.
Thing No. 3: Watch out for ridgy knitting. This is a tricky thing, and I realize it’s vaguely like telling somebody how to breathe, but seriously: pay attention when you’re knitting the first third of this sweater.
The top part of this sweater involves knitting stockinette flat—back and forth, knit right side/purl wrong side—and it is possible that your wrong-side rows will end up a tiny bit looser than your right-side rows, depending on your needles or tension.
The result is a fabric displaying a phenomenon known as “rowing out.” A certain ridginess. It’s not the end of the world, but it might be noticeable once the top part of the sweater is joined to knit the torso in the round, where every round is a knit row.
When I noticed my ridgy rows, I slowed down and ever so slightly snugged up my purl stitches. It seemed to help.
Onward to the grand finale of this quick knit, which will call for Thing No. 4: Use Magic Loop for the sleeves.