One thing I have yet to master in my knitting is sweaters. That’s not to say I haven’t knit them. I have. They just haven’t turned out…great. A couple points: I tend to want to knit top down; I’m apparently a little fuzzy about how I’m actually built; because of where I live, I tend to want to do fingering weight.
Point 3 isn’t a big deal. I’m comfortable with yarn down to lace and have actually knit, somewhat successfully (and unsuccessfully & in-between) versions of Hannah Fettig‘s Featherweight Cardigan. According to Rav, I’ve actually knit it 5 times. The black one was my favorite.
Point 2 is in my head. I’m not a tiny gal. I’ve never been. I’m not huge, either. Though parts of me are a bit larger. I have broad shoulders, a reasonable chest. And at 5’8″ I’m not terribly short, either. In my head, however, I’m about 6’, willowy, and I have no chest. So it’s always a little weird to make the sweater, even to my measurements, and when I look in the mirror, there I am in a sweater that may not suit my build. So pattern choice tends to be an issue.
The first thing, though, has been quite the sticking point. I love my Calligraphy Cardigan
but it’s a housecoat. Part of that is the worsted weight. Part of that is that the neckline stretches. And now I’ve found some help!
Tech Knitter write some great posts. And this one focuses on the ol’ “My sweater is slipping off my shoulders. The discussion of the different sweaters and the reasons for seaming are great. But I was having a little trouble figuring out exactly where to put my hook to do the slip stitch properly.
Then Yarn Harlot popped up in my search. She has a fantastic post explaining the issues with top down sweaters and how to fix them to some degree. I used her pictorial in the below projects to help salvage them.
First up were the dog sweaters. For practice. And chug.
Maggie looked so cute in her sweater, but it soon slipped down that chihuahua neck to her pug chest and looked stretched out. But a slip stitch line along the collar really helps hold it up and she’s back to being a super model. This pattern is the pug dog sweater, and with a few modifications for her mixed-up-ness, it’s a great pattern.
That one went so well I thought I’d fix her green one. But I made it a bit too tight. She looked like a sausage!
Luckily, I was able to snip the slip stitch, giving the ribbing its stretch back, and fitting the little chug nicely. It’s still more of a crop top but it’s cute enough and warms up her shivery self.
All that under my belt and I felt ready to tackle my Paulie Sweater. I added a seam to the neck, to each raglan, and to the fronts.
On the left you can see the pre-reinforced seam, on the right is after seaming. Big difference!
I’ll admit, because of points 2 & 3 above, I don’t actually love the sweater, even with seaming. But it feels more substantial and wearable. And it’s quite warm. The KnitPicks Stroll is a decent yarn (though I wish it pilled a bit less). And I’m going to try again. This time with Granito. I’ll keep you *swipes off sunglasses* posted.