Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Lessons Learned

1. Designing a sweater is hard.
2. Waist shaping is easy.
3. Measuring the armholes pays off in the end.
4. Working back and forth on circulars makes a different gauge than working back and forth on straights.
5. Negative ease helps accomplish the fitted look.
6. Top-down sweaters worked in one piece make sense.
7. Cascade's Pima Melange is very splitty.
8. Stockinette gets really boring when you don't want to work the project you're working on.

And so much more. I started this last summer. I'm considering it a good exercise, but not a successful project. I have trouble with the armholes on all the sweaters I'm making these days. I think it's because I'm going to the larger chest measurement when I fall between two. In this case, since I was loosely following The Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, I just based it on my exact measurements. Obviously, my gauge changed somewhere along the way. Overall, the sweater fits great in the hips and waist. The arms are too baggy and so's the chest. Oh well. I learned.


Stephanie said...

Wow...What an accomplishment!

It sounds like such a scary project...I'm impressed

Nice sweater!!

TK said...

It was scary! That's why I'm not crushed that it doesn't really fit. Thanks for the compliment.