Saturday 24 September 2011

FO - Tempting

Well, I finished this sweater late last night. I was almost tragically disappointed in it at the end because of a shortsighted mistake... but innovation fixed it.

Here is a list of the changes I made:

I opted for a size of sweater between M and L so I cast on 176 instead of 180.
I worked in 2x2 rib  until the piece measured 17 inches, as I have a long torso and like a longer sweater.
When I placed 16 sts on waste yarn, the adjusted number of sts between the next waste yarn sts was 72 (instead of 74).
When I made the sleeves I cast on 64 and began immediately with the cable pattern to give the sleeves a decorative touch.
I worked in 2x2 rib until the sleeves measured 5 inches instead of 3.
I joined the sleeves to the body immediately because it was easier to knit.
When sleeves were joined, I worked across 48 sts of sleeve, followed by 72 sts of body (instead of 52 sts of sleeve and 74 of body).
The total number of sts around the garment once the sleeves were attached was 240 (instead of 252).
For the Yoke, I continued in 2x2 until I was 3 " from the end, then worked the cable pattern.
I bound off in k2tog bindoff instead of as in pattern.

Now, the tragic mistake was that I didn't switch to smaller needles for the neckline cables. Luckily, this was a fairly easy remedied problem. Instead of ripping out the work, (Who wants to rip out rows of 240 sts? Not I!) I opted to take a darning needle and thread a very long strand through the neckline and pull it tight.

In hindsight, it probably would've been smarter to do a few decreases but too little too late. I am very happy with how it looks. I'll take some better pictures outside in better light to show off the proper colours. I still have to wash it but I'll do so after my Stitch 'n Bitch on Monday.

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