Monday, May 14, 2007

Rrrrrrrrrip

I've been spending a lot of my knitting time in the past 2 or so months on this:


It's a top down v-neck with lotsa cables. Well, it's headed for the frog pond.

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted, and this is basically it, except the fit is way too small past the underarms. I must say, I got it to fit perfectly through the yoke - I just used Fitted Knits as a guide to how many stitches to cast on and how many increases to do.

But, I did a stupid thing. I put in these shaping darts along the bustline (you can see them in the photo), and I didn't know, from my lack of cabling experience, that these things together made for a very small body. And, it made this weird "boob cup" so that the sweater looks silly if it's unbuttoned.

I even hoped that putting on the buttonband would help, which I made extra big.



Then I thought maybe sewing on the buttons would help. The fit is OK, but I am just not loving it. And I want to love it.



I had been doubting the color all along, too. It's Debbie Bliss Cathay in color 09 and it's too fleshy of a pink. I have pretty fair skin, so I do better in brighter colors.


See how it pulls up in the back from being too tight? Yuck.

I am going to try again, this time doing something more along the lines of Something Red, but still with some cables. I am going to use this:


Valley Yarns Southwick - a 50/50 cotton/bamboo. This stuff is lusciously soft and shiny, and I LOVE this pink. I know it doesn't look different from the Cathay, but trust me, it is!

I have no idea what I'm going to do with the Cathay; I've got 9 balls of it (1 not used at all). I will probably wind it into neat balls and put it on Destash. If you're interested or want it, shoot me a line.

This is not all bad, though. I learned a lot about cables and fit and negative ease and all that, so it's all mostly good.

7 comments:

  1. I'm sorry! It's very pretty, but if it's not working for you....
    How did you like working with the Cathay? I found it a bit splitty, but it can knit up nicely. Good luck with the frogging- go straight to the ball winder, it makes it much faster (and less painful!).

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  2. Oh Poos! And all that effort as well. I can see what you were trying to do, and can also see why it isn't working for you. I know that 'exactly the right shade of pink' dilemma too, I'm dark haired and pale skinned, and adore pink - but the wrong one can wash you out big time. Good luck with the next attempt, with all that experience I'm sure it's going to be really pretty.

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  3. Wow! I think your sweater looks great, but if it ain't workin' it just ain't workin'! I made Eiffel earlier this year, my first sweater, but it did the same thing. It was pulling in the underarm area and too tight across the hips. I learned quite a bit, but I still have a lot more to learn.

    I like the new pink you picked out. You are so right, the fleshy pinks just make us pale people look sick. Good Luck on your next try.

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  4. Oh that's so sad.....It looks so pretty with all the cables! I love pink but with my skin colour I have to be picky with the right hue too.
    Frogging with a ball winder is actually quite relaxing, really.

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  5. Well poor yourself a cocktail or two before you begin frogging. It always helps me.

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  6. Sorry you made it that far and now have to rip! It was a great idea--hope your next try works out!

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  7. I think the darts look good as you've done them, you should just go for a bigger size if you repeat this sweater. Great job despite needing to frog!

    SD & her blog

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