I’ve finished my swatch and got my gauge for my new Chuck sweater. I was just going to follow the pattern as written, but you know me. I can’t leave well enough alone.
I love the general shape of the sweater- the natural-waist hem is perfect. And, the cables down the front are so cute. But there are things I think I’m going to change.
First, I like the boat-neck collar, in theory, but I think it has to. I have pretty narrow shoulders, so I usually end up fussing with drooping shoulders all day if I wear anything with a boat neck. (Also, I’m constantly cold, so I’ll take any opportunity to be a little more covered-up.)So, that means I’ll keep the neckline shaping more or less the same, but move the sides of the neck in toward the middle just a bit. To do that, I’ll cast on more stitches for each shoulder, and take away the same number of stitches from the bottom of the neckline. A little math, but nothing too tricky.
Also, I gotta say, that big ol’ stockinette back makes me a little sad- I think it needs some extra decorations! (Of course, I tend to like my sweaters to be totally covered with texture or color, so maybe I’m not one to talk.)So, I’m going to add a cable (or maybe two) down the back. Nothing as elaborate as the front of the sweater, but just something to add a little something special.
I also think I might make the sleeves a touch longer (but I do that on almost every sweater, since I’ve got long orangutan arms). I won’t have to decide about that for a while, though.
I hope it’ll turn out OK- I love the original pattern so much, I don’t want to ruin it. In my head, my changes will only make it better- but we’ll just have to wait and see when it’s done. In the meantime- cross your fingers for me!
Have you ever given an existing pattern your own spin? How did it turn out?
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