… Maybe Too Improvised

So you know last week when I was so full of myself about my improvised sweater? When I was all “I love this sweater! I love figuring things out as I go! Measuring? Math? Who needs ’em? There’s no way this is going to go wrong!”

Well. As they say, pride cometh before the fall.

And boy howdy how I’ve fallen.

I had the yoke done, I’d split for body and sleeves, and had made it a full skein of yarn into my body. Then, I put the body on pause while I made the sleeves. That way, I’d be sure to make the sleeves long enough, and I’d know exactly how much yarn I have for the body. Smart. Or, at least a good plan.

Before I tell you what happened next, let me say that in my defense, I actually did a swatch. However, my swatch came to about 4.5 sts/in. My beloved Ann Budd book has the math done for 4 sts/in and 5 sts/in. So, instead of picking different needles or actually doing my own math, I’d just chose a larger size, and decided to follow the 4 sts/in pattern. Not a great plan, not terrible.

But, I forgot that her sleeves are a little slimmer than I like to begin with.

And I forgot that they’re also a little short.

And I forgot to try on my sweater as I went.

Once I had the first sleeve knit down to the cuff, I finally tried the sweater on. Y’all. It was bad. My arm looked like an over-stuffed hotdog that had been cooked so much it was about burst.

It was so bad, I immediately ripped it out. Which (while not a great move for a blogger, since I don’t have a picture of just how awful the sleeve was) is a move I stand by.

Anyway. Now I’m back to basically where I was last week. And after all that, I think the yoke and body will be fine, though the silhouette will probably be a bit more fitted than I had envisioned. But I’m definitely going to have to do some math for my sleeves. Sigh…

When’s the last time you had to re-do a significant part of a project?

3 thoughts on “… Maybe Too Improvised

  1. Cheryl

    I started a shawl while waiting for takeoff – great project for several hours in the air with long layovers. After about an hour everyone on the plane heard me exclaim “oh crap” when I realized I’d been doing the increases wrong – frogged and started over.

    The next day while at family gatherings and an open house memorial I continued knitting and drank wine. After supper while visiting quietly with my immediate family I continued knitting and drank more wine. Before bed I decided to finally count my stitches to see how much farther I had in that section. And found that I’d missed several increases on one side – enough that it would bother me. In light of all the wine, determining where I went wrong would have to wait for morning.

    I ended up frogging back to about row five – two whole days of knitting lost! Finally got smart and placed markers and counted after each increase row. Didn’t have as much wine on day two of the visit and by the time I reached home I was again knitting with yarn that hadn’t been frogged.

    And then I ran out of yarn halfway through the sideways lace border.

  2. Sue H-m

    Well, not as bad as Cheryl above–sorry, Cheryl, btw–but I started a crocheted granny square cardigan for 10-year-old granddaughter. Since I was using the worsted yarn and recommended hook size in the pattern, no problem, right?!
    Got 11 squares done and attached as I went, then decided to check the width of the back panel against the diagram.
    I was SIX INCHES too wide. Craaaaaap!
    So, instead of frogging back, I set that aside and started over, only doing 5 rows in each square instead of 6. Nailed it!
    As for that bigger panel, I can use it for an adult sized cardi, or just add random squares and turn it into an afghan. Haven’t decided yet.

  3. Cheryl

    It all worked out in the end – I was able to get another skein of the yarn and frogged back to the beginning of the sideways lace border so that the slight difference in the color wasn’t in the middle. Most people can’t even tell there’s a difference even when they know the story (and ALL my family heard the story).

    The rest of the extra skein was enough to make a cowl.

    Luckily it was a yarn I enjoyed knitting with.


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