Tuesday, October 18, 2011

a really big swatch

awful photo, really awful

To the casual observer it may look like I'm knitting this sweater. I wish that were so. In fact, since I am using a lighter weight yarn than the pattern calls for and using smaller needles than the pattern calls for, I've cast on the largest size and I'm telling myself that I'm knitting a really big swatch. It would be tremendous luck if it turns out to be a sweater that looks anything like this.

It's a very interesting design: the front welt on the sweater drapes and the sleeves and back are ribbed so that they stretch. Interesting, but it completely dumbfounds me as to what an appropriate finished size should be. I'm also thinking that this pattern needs negative ease to fit well. If it were a normal sweater I could knit a swatch, do the math and figure out how to proceed. But this particular design has me stumped. I guess we'll see by the weekend whether this will work or not. In the meantime my fingers and toes are firmly crossed.

10 comments:

Alittlebitsheepish said...

It is a lovely and interesting pattern, can't help with the sizing though. I have used the smaller yar/eedle make a bigger size and had it work before so am thinking positive thoughts for you :)

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Ooh - that sweater is lovely - it would be perfect for work!
I hope yours turns out the way you expect

WildflowerWool said...

My fingers are crossed too!!

Faith said...

Wow what a lovely pattern, and I like your colour choice too. I do hope it works out as you wan it, I wouldn't know where to start!

Chrisknits said...

Wow, you can knit with fingers crossed? Good luck!

Magical Jane said...

What an interesting pattern- very elegant! Colour looks yummy too.

CrochetBlogger said...

It sounds like you'll be learning a lot from knitting this one!

Meg said...

Eeps, that would stump me too. Good luck with your giant swatch! Hope it turns out right the first time.

Dee said...

Crossing my fingers for you. Both sweaters are lovely.

Erin said...

You'll get it! And it'll be worth it!