Let me explain. I knit this last summer, in July or August. This being my first Zephyr Style knit, I was unaware of the tendency of their patterns to be REALLY FREAKIN' SHORT. So, even with trying it on as I knit it, I
A) Made it too short, even though I had added length to the pattern.
B) Inserted hip increases
This? Was a bad idea. I basically had a sweater that was too short and flared-out at the bottom. Not flattering.
Of course, being the lazy bum that I am, I didn't rip it out and fix it until now (when it finally became warm enough for me to want to wear it). I ripped back to just before those increases, whipped out my leftover skein of Cotton Fleece (glad I was also too lazy to return it) and knit about an additional 3-4 inches past where I had knit it before (yes, you read that right -- I made this thing MUCH longer than the pattern called for -- I am either freakishly tall for a size S or have a very long waist, apparently).
Now? I'll actually wear it.
Pattern: Green Gable, from Zephyr Style, Size S
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Jungle Green (as called for in the pattern), 2.5 skeins
Needles: KnitPicks Options Circulars, US 4 (ribbing) and 6 (body)
Made it really, really, REALLY long. I even worried that I may have gone too far and made it too long when I first tried it on after binding-off, but it stretches width-wise with wear (and therefore shrinks in length) and the length is perfect now.
Bound-off the body using the sewn bind-off method. I now wish I had done that with the sleeves, too, especially now that I'm lifting weights again...
I do have a few minor annoyances with the pattern. I don't like how the stockinette rolls on the back neckline and the bottom ribbing in the front flares out a tad...but I can live with it.
Friday, April 13, 2007