Yesterday, I was confident that I would have a knitting project to show you. Today, I have only a pile of recently frogged yarn.
I finished knitting my version of the Almond Pullover last night and it turned out wonderful. I used Knit Picks Gloss in the Blackberry colorway as the main yarn and also a ball of the Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball held double for a contrasting stripe. I was SO EXCITED about my new sweater and went to bed mentally composing my blog post about it, wherein I would rave about what an ingenious design and well-written pattern it was.
And it was! Ingenious and very well-written. If you haven’t considered this design before, it’s a sweater pattern that is worked from the top-down starting at the shoulders. You begin with a Turkish Cast On (or another similar CO) and work the shoulder much like you would for a pair of toe-up socks. Then there is all kind of increasing to transform your sock toe into a sweater yoke and the way it comes together seems like magic.
Because of the unusual construction, there are lots of diagrams and visual aides to help to clarify the pattern instructions. There were a few times when I felt like what was happening was a total mystery, but I just followed the instructions and it worked out beautifully!
The only problem was that the sweater was a wee bit too small.
This morning when I tried the sweater on again, my suspicions were confirmed – – definitely too small. It’s possible that, despite my gauge swatch being spot on, my gauge on the sweater might have been off. Gauge swatches have a tendency to lie. It’s also possible that I too quickly skimmed the sizing recommendations. It’s also possible that some of the modifications I made had unanticipated consequences to the fit of the sweater. I take full responsibility for the outcome of my sweater. Yes, I tried the sweater on as I was knitting it, but sometimes it’s hard to really tell if a sweater fits when it is still in progress.
The armhole depth was too shallow. The pull across the bust flattened and smooshed my already flat chest. The circumference of the body was sufficiently narrow that it really didn’t look good unless I sucked in my gut (who has the time and energy for that?!?).
I think I could have lived with the sweater and I know that it would have looked awesome to other people, but for me, it was just too small. I frogged the whole sweater and plan to cast on and reknit it, one size larger.
On the one hand, this feels a bit silly of me and perhaps not a great use of my limited knitting time. I’ve been putting pressure on myself to get my head back in the game and work on some more of my own designs (I have about five patterns that are in various states of non-completion). But on the other hand, I’ve been really busy lately in my non-knitting life and knitting on this sweater has been so relaxing because I haven’t had to think very hard about it. Now that I understand how this pattern works, I think reknitting it will be a cinch and might even be more relaxing than it was the first time.
Incidentally, while I knit, I’ve been listening to all of the audiobooks in the Avalon series by Marion Zimmer-Bradley. Last fall, I read the Mists of Avalon series and just LOVED them and then recently, I discovered that there is a whole series that takes place before the timeline in the Mists books. Right now, I’m reading Lady of Avalon and love it. I think that if you enjoy the Game of Thrones series but dislike the portrayal of women therein, you would really appreciate the Avalon books.
Update: I took a better look at the sizing in the pattern instructions and I did too quickly skim that section the first time around! Turns out that I knat the size 27″ bust when I should have knat the size 31″. No wonder it turned out too small! Let this be a lesson to you all – – read the sizing information carefully!