I haven’t really made a lot of sweaters ….I have made countless pairs of socks, but sweaters not as much. (I have started a lot, but haven’t finished.) The ones that I’ve finished are beautiful…but at the same time just don’t fit very well. I made one for Larry that is just a bit too big for him – ok, its actually a whole size too big – and the sleeves – way too long! I made a summer top for me last year – again, just a bit too big. I made Soleil last year and it was so big I just couldn’t wear it and gave it to Goodwill. But I thought it was gauge related – I never really did gauge checks before when I knit, and now I do so I really thought this problem had been solved.
So when I started the Lutea Lace shell, I made sure to do a gauge swatch, measured myself ….and chose the right size.
As I was working on it, a little voice kept on whispering in my ear….”this is too big”…but I kept on going. I loved the pattern, the yarn….I was clipping along….”its too big”…..nope, I measured….
I got past the part where you divide front and back, did the short row section (I still don’t “get” what the short rows do but hopefully once I’m done with both sides I’ll see it). This morning, I sat out side and finished the back right shoulder…beautiful. Amazing pattern – love the lace (wonder how this would be in a sock?). I was confident that I would finish this today….but I kept on hearing the little voice…”too big”….
So I brought it in and tried it on…um…well, hold on, maybe if I hold it this way. Seems to gape a bit all over… So I compared it to the shirt I was wearing…
Yeah, I’d say its a bit big, eh? I went back to the pattern and saw that it says its close fitting – this isn’t going to be close fitting on me by any stretch of the imagination.
I’m not sure where the problem is, but I suspect two things. First – I have a problem accepting the fact that I wear a smaller size than I used to. So I picked a large for this even though I don’t wear a large anymore. I don’t want to get into a whole discussion on body image but I have the same problem when I buy clothes – I think I’ve worn baggy/large clothes for so long that its just weird for me to have things fit the right way – in fact the shirt I’m wearing and compared the shell to is actually a bit big for me but I was afraid it would shrink so I bought a size larger than I should.
I also think that Cotton Ease doesn’t drape the same way as other cottons – maybe its the arcylic blend in it, but I just think it lays differently. Its just not clingy – and it doesn’t have the same weight of 100% cotton.
So I did measure, but I didn’t take into account that its close fitting, doesn’t have a lot of ease…and that between what I should wear, the yarn, and everything else – I shouldn’t pick a large size to make up! So…where am I with it now? I’m looking at two big yarn balls on the table and an empty needle. No point in continuing to make something that I won’t be able to wear, so I’m going to start over in a smaller size. Sigh…
This is the hem of the shell – the pattern calls for straight stockinette from the get go – and thsi is what happens. I think I’m going to change and do a couple of rows of either garter or something to help it from rolling. Any ideas?