Friday, January 25, 2008

Not the way to start the year

So my first project for the year is done... Beatrice is still a little damp, but I wanted to see how it looked on.
click to enlarge... like it needs it

First, I can't imagine what this would look like if I hadn't shortened the raglan shaping. I think the armhole opening would have been somewhere around my waist. Even tho' I blocked it flat, the sweater grew in length quite a bit. Not a good look for me (it makes me a little more pear shaped than I actually am). It will be nice around the house, but I'm a bit disappointed. I'm not sure if it's the right design for my body. I debated on waist shaping, and I may have needed it. Anyway, let's go over the stats.

Pattern: Top Down Pullover #9724 by Knitting Pure and Simple
Yarn: Classic Elite's Beatrice in color "Monet's Pond"
Changes to the pattern: I used a ribbing around the neck and wrist band. I shorted the raglan shaping by about 2".
Problems with the pattern: I didn't find any mistakes in the pattern. I would say that the larger sizes have a design flaw in that the armhole depth is simply too deep to get to the circumfrance.
Overall impressions: Right now I'm disappointed. I don't like how it looks on me. Now, in complete self honesty, it might be a "body" issue. The fabric is beautiful, the yarn looks great in the simple st. st. pattern. I will say the yarn can be a challenge to knit with. It's a three ply yarn that seperates very very easily, so pointy needles might not be the best choice. I'll probably get useage out of the sweater, but it's not what I had in mind.

So I think there may have been some bad decisions on this. I might want to avoid this heavy of a yarn. I might need a more tailored style. I might need to lose a few more pounds...

Not the most satisfying project to start off the year with. I'm thinking there's a reason I've started remaking projects that I'm happy with. Once I've made something that works, it's easier to make it again.


  1. Anonymous4:39 PM

    Hmmm. Okay, here is my off the cuff thought. Can you reknit the neck? If you tightened up the collar, would it snug up the sweater a bit?

    I think it looks great, but the neck looks a bit stretched out.

    I don't think you need to loose weight....

  2. Since it's top down, have you thought about shortening it a little? It looks from the photo like it might be too long for you.

    I finished my Gravel Road Cardigan but I haven't been brave enough to try it on after blocking yet. It was way too small before, but so was my FLAK. My knitting seems to 'relax' quite a bit with washing.


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