Maybe I haven’t fully caught the knitting bug, or maybe I’m just feeling discouraged. I’m not really as in love with knitting as I thought I’d be. I completely understand that some makers love it, but I think I may need to learn a bit more before I jump into any bigger projects. I finished my cardigan a while ago, and I’ve had it folded up in my knitting basket ever since.
It’s the fit that bothers me. I re-stitched the neckline about three times until it was perfect and very carefully counted my stitches, paying close attention to what I was doing. But even though I made the size that was for my bust, it isn’t what I wanted it to be. If I were to put a button on it and close it (I have it pinned this way), the little buttonhole and side stitches will scream “help me!”
The back of the pattern fits very well. But my back shaping has never been my problem! I know that my issues are stemming from my blatant disregard for fitting. As a patternmaker, I should know better than to do all of this work and make assumptions that it will fit simply because I matched the listed pattern bust measurement. I didn’t make a swatch, I didn’t check the measurements as I made it… basically I wasted a bunch of time. What I should have done first is taken Stefanie Japel’s Craftsy class on fitting knits. I should have adjusted the pattern for my front bust instead of moving forward. I should have stopped when I noticed it looked small.
It’s not the pattern’s fault, it’s my own fault for being a lazy knitter. Maybe I should stick to simpler things for a while?
So now I’m not quite sure what to do with this cardigan. I thought about giving it away, but I know I could unravel it and save all of the beautiful yarn (it’s Berroco Peruvian Quick, color 9186). I still have about 150 yards leftover, so I think I should probably repurpose it.
A second knitting project is going a little better, although moving along veeerrry ssslllooowwwlllyy. Rob picked out a beautiful golden pima cotton for me to make a hat out of for him back in April (here’s the Ravelry link for the pattern). I only work on this for a row or two at a time. I like that it’s taking a while, because I’ve got the chart and twists down now.
Maybe that’s what I need instead? A chart? Instead of counting and re-counting stitches, following charts seems like a welcome change of pace.
What do you with projects you are unhappy with? Do you repurpose them, or hide them away where you’ll never see them again?
On a different note, I wanted to say thank you to Sarah from Ohhh Lulu for picking me as one of the five lucky winners of her monthly ad space giveaway! Sarah has a fantastic Etsy shop, full of very beautiful underpinnings. Watch her blog for lingerie inspiration, Etsy shop updates, and even an honest studio tour (that I loved).
Image courtesy of Ohhh Lulu and is used with permission from Sarah Norwood.