This is the Rayonnant Pullover by Romi Hill and it is Too Big. There have been accounts about this pattern’s generous sleeve circumference, but since I planned on making short sleeves I thought this wouldn’t affect me. I would would add some shaping and they would be perfect! But after the doing the increases and separating the sleeves from the body it was easy to see that the armhole was simply too big. The whole thing was too big. Coming off the high of a perfect-fitting Shalom, I don’t quite know what to make of this result. I swatched. I washed my swatch; it shrank. I chose a size just an inch larger than my actual measurements for a comfortable fit. I guess the pattern must already be designed with positive ease in mind; I wish this was more clear in patterns in general!
It’s just as well that I had a generous glass of wine with dinner last night. It provided the bravado I needed to rip out the majority of a project without becoming upset. I ripped out about 1 1/2 balls of yarn, knitting I had enjoyed over the course of an entire week. Rather than look at this as a setback and time wasted, as I usually would, I’m taking this opportunity to consider this a chance to right a wrong.
Anyway, after the aforementioned glass of wine, I showed up at knit night and riiiiiped this top with a vengeance. Stitch markers flew onto the floor. Other knitters marvelled at just how big 14 1/2 inches is with a tapemeasure loop. Yarn balls rolled across the cafe floor. And in the end I ripped back to just a few rows below the lace motif. I plan on creating my own customized size from this point forward.
For now I’m still a little peeved, so I cast on a new project. So much for monogamous knitting!