OK, so the question of the day is – does 100% mercerized cotton shrink? I actually had no idea what mercerized cotton was – so I looked it up on Wikipedia. I learned a bit about the process, but no help on the shrinking. So then I googled it – and guess what – the process that makes it mercerized, gives it the luster, blah blah blah also minimizes shrinking. Wonderful. Want to know why I’m asking?
I finished Soleil – and its huge. Ugh. I haven’t blocked it yet because I’m so completely depressed (dismayed? mad?). I actually measured myself, and did that size – although I was concerned because if you counted on a S-M-L-XL scale, it was a size bigger than I usually wear. But I have read a million times to go with your measurements. And its too big. Waaah! Its knit in the round, so I can’t even just pull in the seams. Its wearable, but I don’t think it looks very nice. And its pretty low cut – really. I had read on a few blogs that people changed the pattern to make the V-neck a bit higher. But more blogs did it as it was – so I went with the majority. In the picture, it looks wider in the middle, but I swear I decreased it just like the pattern said.
I did a guage swatch on this, and it was fine. Even the measurements on the finished product match the pattern measurements (except I added 3 inches to the length). So it really was that I made the wrong size. Sob….
I’ve learned some lessons on this one:
1. Go with your gut on the sizing; if it doesn’t make sense…..don’t do it!
2. When you are knitting something, and it seems just a bit too big while you are knitting – stop! Try it on, measure, whatever…just don’t keep on knitting.
So, what do you think – super hot water and hope that it shrinks? I really did like the pattern – and I like the lace at the bottom (if I can motivate myself to block it, the lace will be really nice). Anyone want a Soleil?
To cheer myself up, I started a stole last night. This is the yarn I bought from Knitting Addiction in the Outer Banks. Just simple knit 3 rows, purl 1, but the yarn is so soft…and I love the colors.
The colors are a little bit brighter. The mutlicolor yarns are Ellyn Cooper’s Yarn Sonnet – Texas Big Horn and Metallo. The solids are Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush. The combo is just so soft. I keep on stopping and holding it against my face (yes, my family really does think I’m odd) – its just so comforting. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, but its nice to knit. And it won’t be too big for me.