Monday, May 14, 2007


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.


  1. Anonymous9:49 AM

    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!).

  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.

  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.

  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.

  5. Anonymous6:14 PM

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

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

  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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