After 2 weeks of feverishly knitting on the Wicked sweater, it is almost finished.
I thought I was almost done with the body on Thursday, but it was a false hope. Thankfully I took a moment to put the sweater onto waste yarn and try it on before doing the pocket and waistband. The instructions for my size say to knit a total of 11.5 inches from the underarm to where you join the bottom of the pocket. I know that I have a long torso, so I knit an extra inch before trying it on. If I had proceeded with the pocket at that point, that would have put the top of the pocket just under my bust line. No thank you! So I ended up knitting to about 14 inches before trying it on again. I think this is where it will stay. In the end, I decided to put the body of the sweater in a time out to work on the sleeves this weekend.
The first one is finished, and I am pleased with the length. There were a couple of things about the pattern for the the arms that I found lacking. First, I ended up with a gap under the arm where the stitches are joined for knitting in the round. I didn’t see any tips on Ravelry about this, and when I tried picking up extra stitches it didn’t help at all. I’m planning on fixing it from the inside when it’s time to weave in ends.
Next, there are no instructions for arm shaping. I don’t know about you, but my arms start out wider and taper a bit as you go down. As I wanted to make this top with 3/4 length sleeves, I decided to add in some decreases at about the elbow to bring it in a little bit. But they’re still a little bulky. On the up side, I can easily fit this sweater on over a long sleeve T-shirt!
I don’t mean to complain too much about the pattern, because everything else has been crystal clear. And if this weren’t my first sweater experience, I probably wouldn’t need every little thing spelled out for me. But I am, and I do, to a certain extent.
In any case, I think I’m on target for finishing this by Thursday. I may not have a chance to wash and block it by then, but the knitting should be finished. Of course, I plan on eating like a soon to be hibernating bear on Thanksgiving, so maybe I should have knit the next size up…
In case I don’t make it back to the blog in time for Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a moment to give thanks to all of you for reading this blog. It has meant so much to me to put my thoughts, work, and creativity out here, and I deeply appreciate the respect and enthusiasm you show in return.
Thank you & happy holidays!