I’ve still got a lot of things I want to talk about (at least it feels like it), so today I’ll talk about my Gable sweater.
I’m not entirely sure where to begin on this. Everything was smooth sailing until I got to the yoke and then the neck shaping. I had to make up a lot of it because the pattern was either wrong, didn’t explain something fully, or looked nothing like the original. I was both frustrated and sad about the whole thing. When I went on vacation I intentionally left it home because it got too heavy for me to want to carry around anywhere and because I was feeling at my wits end with the damn thing after all the issues I encountered. I needed a break from it and I was glad to have it. When I took the break, I was just past the neck shaping.
When I got back from vacation, I was feeling like the thing might be too long for me, so I tried it on. This is what I saw in the mirror:
Insert swearing here.
It’s too long. It comes past my butt and down my thigh 2″. If I were tall, I’m sure it would look fine, but at 5’4″ it’s just not working. I think it makes me look shorter (and in this particular picture, plumper!). I had made the decision to add an extra repeat to the body because it looked too short. Everything was fine with the extra repeat being there until I added the yoke. What I failed to consider when I added the extra repeat was the weight of such a bulky sweater. The weigh pulls the sweater down! As soon as I put it on I knew the extra repeat would have to be taken out if I’d ever wear this sweater. I could just finish it, but why finish something you won’t ever wear? I’d rather do the yoke and neck shaping over and have something I want to wear when I’m done.
The up side to having done the yoke and neck shaping already is that I took a lot of notes on how to “fix” it. I even have another change I want to make. I think that in the end, I’ll be happy with the sweater, but first I need to rip back down to the body and take out that extra repeat. I don’t have my notes in front of me, but I will blog my changes/fixes once I’m done with the sweater (or if you want them, you can email me or leave a comment and I can get them to you). That may be a while, though, because I’m currently working on a test knit that is taking up most of my knitting time right now. I really love how it’s turning out, though! More on that in the next post :o)