FO: Passionate Meeting Point

When I bought my birthday yarn, this project was what I had in mind.  I didn’t get to start the sweater until September and almost well out of the warm weather that it was intended to be worn in.

I used Size 7 knitting needles which are smaller than the pattern originally used because, everyone said that this linen yarn stretches a ton and I didn’t want a sweater that reached my knees.  Before I blocked the pullover, I had been a little worried that I had made it too small.  However, the linen yarn shocked me with the stretch-ability in the blocking process.

Blocking made easy with stretchy yarn

Blocking made easy with stretchy yarn

I had a few mistakes while knitting the bottom front that resulted in my meeting point being a little off-kilter in the front.  In addition, I had some issues with knitting the right sleeve.   When I was half-way through knitting the right sleeve, I realized that I had been knitting the sleeve backwards as the sleeve pattern on the right side didn’t match either the pictures of the sleeve or the rest of the sweater body. I frogged the right sleeve and reversed the sleeve directions to have a right-side-out right sleeve. My copy of the pattern doesn’t mention a difference between the sleeves and I’m not sure if there needs to be an errata (or if I just need explicit instructions when knitting). 

I bound off with a size 8 knitting needle due to my tight binding off tendencies.

My Passionate Meeting Point sweater (and me)

My Passionate Meeting Point sweater (and me)

Despite my mistakes and confusion with the sleeve, I love this pattern and the resulting sweater.  I can’t wait to layer it with other long-sleeve shirts to wear for the remainder of the cold fall and winter seasons.  It will look equally lovely as a swimsuit cover up in the summer or a light pullover in spring.

 

Ravelry Project Pages:  Passionate Meeting Point

Patterns: Meeting Point from Holla Knits!

Needles: Size 7 dpn and circular (Size 8 to bind off)

Yarn:  Berroco Lago in Passion Flower

 

 

 

 

 

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FO: Jilted in Gray

Back in April, I finished a sweater that been on my knit wishlist for a few years.  Alas, it has been too warm to wear the adorable sweater.  However, with fall upon us, I am enjoying this warm knit in the chilly weather.

 

I only altered the ribbing from the pattern.  I omitted four rows of ribbing at the bottom of the sweater and on the sleeves; however, my measurements were roughly the same as the pattern’s finished measurements.

My sweater was even featured in Holla Knits! KAL (knit along) finished object highlights!!

 

Ravelry Project Pages: Jilted in Gray

Patterns: Jilted from Holla Knits!

Needles: Size 6 and 7 dpn and circular

Yarn:  Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel

 

 

WIP: Jilted Sweater in Stripes

When the fall issue of Holla Knits came out, I just knew that I needed to start knitting something non-baby related and more me related. I knew this despite the fact that I haven’t finished two projects – a pair of socks and my Holla Back tank from Holla Knits Spring issue.  The Jilted sweater stole my heart and I sucked into knitting it up for this winter.

Regardless, I plotted on.  Raglan sweaters are some of my favorite projects and I knew that the striped yarn would make an interesting sweater. 

Working on the Sweater

Because the pattern says that the sweater is supposed to be worn with positive ease, I decided that I should make the sweater at the 36.5 inche bust instead of the smallest size.  That was my first mistake.  No matter how much I try to convince myself that I need to make a sweater with positive ease, I always end up hating the look.  I prefer negative ease.  Petite women can look frumpy in positive ease garments and it doesn’t help that I have skinny arms.

My second mistake was in the raglan increases.  I somehow misread the pattern and increased one more time than needed.  At this point, I thought I could just rib out the entire thing and start over on the smaller size.  Sadly, I convinced myself that I could just k2tog twice to fix the added stitches and everything would be fine.  So, I continued knitting.

Dropping Stitches on Purpose

More sweater disaster awaited me … I tend to bind off tightly (and knit tightly). The binding off for the bottom ribbing was almost too tight to fit comfortably over my hips.  Despite the failures, I once again convinced myself that everything would be fine – I just needed to finish the sleeves and block the garment to make everything perfect.

When I  finished one sleeve, I eagerly pulled the sweater over my head and went to the mirror to marvel at the new almost-finished sweater that I had made.  I only wish that I had taken a picture of the horror that greeted me.  The cute sweater from the issue’s pictures had somehow morphed itself on my needles into an off-shoulder monster whose one sleeve could have fit both of my arms. The entire garment was just too large for my small frame. So, I frogged all of my progress. 😦

I am planning on restarting this project – using the smallest size of the pattern and possibly smaller needles. At this point, I’m not sure when I am going to get to restart this project – October has become the month of weddings, November is the month of bridal showers, and December is for holidays and our belated honeymoon.

EDIT: The culprit of this disaster was that I knit smaller backward and forth than in the round. I will try again at a later date on smaller needles in the smallest size.

Sweater Follies

About a year ago, I decided to recycle my favorite sweater that I purchased when I was a freshman in college.  This sweater had been with me through mild South Arkansas winters and frigid North Arkansas winters.  It had seen first dates and last dates.  This is the sweater that broke my mother’s necklace (I forgot I was wearing the necklace and pulled the sweater off, breaking the chain).  It had seen good times and bad times.  It was my favorite sweater ever.  But, the sweater had seen better days.  In order to keep the chilly air from you, you had to wear something underneath the sweater.  Sadly, the sweater had gotten to a point where no amount of layering was going to hide the fact that it was too short in the torso and too short in the arms.

So, I unravelled the sweater with the grand scheme of knitting it into a new and updated sweater.

Two skeins of recycled sweater yarn

That was over a year ago … and I still don’t have a new sweater.  When I try to knit a new sweater with the yarn, something doesn’t feel right and I frog the entire project to start anew.  It’s like the yarn is screaming at me that it doesn’t want to be a sweater anymore.  No pattern seems to fit and no stitch seems to be just right.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

I know, I know.  It’s crazy to think of yarn desiring to be something more than a sweater … but I am starting to think that maybe that is exactly what is going on here.  Maybe this yarn wants to warm a baby as a blanket or a blanket border?  Maybe this yarn is tired of being a sweater.

As I frog this project for the third time, I think I’m going to take the hint.  I will not make this yarn into another sweater (unless someone has a better suggestion).  Maybe a cute pair of socks for me … and a border to a baby blanket?