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How to Overcomplicate a Simple Project:

1. Decide to include lace panels along front.

2. Decide that life will be a blank if the lace leaves point downward; consequently, spend weeks looking for a leaf pattern that develops upside down, so that they will be oriented the right way on a top-down garment.

3. Note that the chosen lace pattern will produce a very uneven starting edge, necessitating a couple of rows of YO’s and decreases to ‘absorb’ the unevenness, which, in turn, means the CO has to be provisional.

4. Create endlessly complicated CO diagram, positioning lace, pleats and stockinette just so.

5. Discover that the yarn will certainly run out at chest level if knitted at that gauge.

6. Put project idea aside for two years; use yarn for something else instead.

7. Decide to make the project with much finer yarn.

8. Decide to incorporate shaping into the garment as well.

9. Decide to hate extra ballooning fabric, therefore shape sleeves and back with raglan increases instead.

10. Decide to do a completely different kind of sleeve, and of course one that involves more knitting.

11. I-cord BOs. Enough said.

12. Enter only 5 skeins into your Ravelry stash (despite the fact that your Ravelry picture clearly shows six skeins) and then sulk for a week wondering whether to make just the sleeves short or the body weirdly short.

13. For a final thrill, be too lazy and cheap to buy circular needles, and do the whole thing on skinny, slippery 2.75mm metal dpns.

14. Wonder if it’ll all be worth it.

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