Thursday, August 11, 2005


A couple of weeks ago, someone asked me a question about my Hourglass sweater, and it reminded me that I never showed it finished. And, it fits in quite well with the Theme Pink going on here this summer.

What happened was, I finished it, tried it on, and it was too big. I was discouraged. I mean, for cryin out loud, I've gone through years of knitting things too small, and now the two really wearable sweaters I've made for ME this year, Mariah and Hourglass, I over compensate and knit too big. Am I to be banished to the land of scarves and ponchos to make something that fits?! And really, who can mess up a poncho? Me! Last year I made a poncho (for myself) that was so freakin small I had to give it to my neighbor. She's eight.

Anyway, I was discouraged.

So, I was in a bad mood and I folded it up and put it in the corner of my studio in a pile of crap and let it marinate for awhile. Then I tried it on a few weeks later and, hmmmm, it's kinda cute! Yes, it's a little big, but not unwearable. And it is the perfect color for me, and its comfortable, kind of like a big sweatshirt. The Hourglass Sweatshirt. Not what I had intended, but not something I'm going to give away to the neighbor girl, either.

And I've actually been wearing it a lot. So, when somebody asked me how much yarn it took (Rowan Summer Tweed, approximately 11 skeins) I remembered I needed to wrangle my crew of three-foot-tall amateur photographers and have a photo shoot.

Full view-sorry its a weird angle, but at least I cropped out most of the breakfast dishes on the kitchen counter.

Here's the neckline.

See what I mean about it being too big?

Here's the sleeve, I changed it a little. I omitted the two increases, I cast on the amount of stitches at the elbow and knit straight up. It still makes a nice bell sleeve, just a little gentler. I also changed the hem to a three row 1 x 1 rib. It's almost un-noticeable in the Summer Tweed, and it's less bulky than the hem. Here's a close-up:

I did the same thing at the neck, three rows of 1 x 1 rib, then a bind off. I also knit some extra rows of the yoke for a little more shoulder (bra-strap) coverage.

Here is how much yarn I have left. I estimate it is 3-5 skeins. If anyone has any ideas for a project using that much Summer Tweed, I'd appreciate it!

Meanwhile, during all this finishing, I needed a small project that I could really sink my teeth into.

What's that gonna be?

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7:16 PM  
Blogger Valeri said...

Well I like it! Loose is good! And you could always run a shirring elastic in the hem of the sleeve to make it fit better! Lovely colour!

2:38 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Love the sweater, but I will say that I bet you it grew because of the yarn. That Summer Tweed sort of grows for some reason! Great color, though. Wear it with pride!

1:10 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I like your sweater. I have some summer tweed I was thinking of using for the hourglass sweater also. Did you have to change needle size, change the pattern to use this yarn in place of the Cash Iroha specified?

9:04 AM  

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