Some things just don’t turn out the way you thought they would. An idea in your mind and an idea realized are often two very different things.
I had this great idea for a sweater, modifying the original pattern knit cropped with bulky yarn to a lightweight, full-length cardigan. With less lace. Of course, I like to live dangerously and improvise as I knit, so there was no swatching or planning ahead, really. I just made adjustments as I knit. Turns out that can yield less control over the final product; who knew?! (I know you probably did, but shhhh) In any case, the knitting is over and I have a Finished Object to share.
- Pattern: Juliet from Zephyr Style, Ravelled here
- Yarn: Berocco Vintage Wool in Mocha, 3.25 skeins
- Needles: US size 7 & 8
- Modifications: Picked up 5 stitches under the arms and continued in garter stitch for 1.5 inches before binding off purl-wise. Omitted lace except for one column on either side of cardigan opening. I also made this slightly longer than indicated in the pattern to accommodate a long torso.
This was a fun and simple pattern to knit. All of my dissatisfaction is my own fault, from yarn choice to poor decision-making along the way. My main problem is that I should probably have made the garter stitch portion in a larger size. Of course, I started this before I was breastfeeding, so my bust size is considerably different now. Combined with the fact that this yarn has a high content of synthetic fibers and was unblockable, I was not able to gain any width through blocking. I can’t even stretch it closed over these busties of mine. Forget about adding a cute button (thanks for your suggestions, by the way!). I guess when I am done breastfeeding I could always try to close it up…
Looking at the photos, this actually looks like a cute little sweater. It seems to be fine worn as an open cardigan, which works well with the short-sleeved aspect. That is to say it’s not really something I’d be buttoning up for warmth anyway. It just didn’t turn out like I had hoped. So in order to accept this sweater, I have to let go of what I wanted it to be and love it as is. What a great lesson, in knitting and in life.