Wednesday, October 19, 2011

work-in-progress Wednesday

this red is truer to the actual red

For the last few days my knitting time has been devoted to a single project which I like to think of as a really big red swatch. If and when all the sizing questions are resolved it may actually develop into a Scoop pullover ... but there are still lots of ifs. Hopefully knitting a larger size will compensate for my lighter than recommended wool and smaller than recommended needles, but until I can actually try it on I don't think there's any way to be certain. I'm five rounds away from the dividing round now; the round where the sleeve stitches are set aside and the body is joined to knit in the round. Once that's done, it should be "try-on-able".

Just glancing at the work-in-progress, the sizing from side to side looks (maybe) okay, but I have the faintest qualm that the length is too short from collar to armpit. I'll thread a lifeline before working the dividing round - that way I can always go back and add one more welt to the yoke to make it longer. It wouldn't be surprising if the extra length were needed ... after all I am very tall.  

I had a look at the notes from other Ravelers to see if I could glean any helpful hints but that just added to my worries. Unbelievable how many knitters made one sweater, found it didn't fit and gave it away, then knit another! Uh oh. Sounds ominous doesn't it? Repeat after me: This is just a really big swatch. I'll knit until I can try it on and then I'll make some notes, rip it out and start again. No biggie.

I'll bet that lots of knitters and crocheters are actually accomplishing something more than swatching this week. Have a look at Tami's Amis to see them all.

15 comments:

Delusional Knitter said...

Very interesting construction. Hope it works out the first time for you!

Erin said...

Keep working at it! It'll be great when you've accomplished it!

pinkundine said...

It's a lovely pattern, I really hope the sizing works out so that you don't have to consider it a swatch and can turn it into a garment ;)

Mamgi said...

Looks lovely. I really need to step away from crochet and practice knitting more :)

Lee Ann said...

Ohhh - very cool! It sounds like you have a great plan - and it is looking beautiful! Great color :)

RugbyMad said...

You can do it! I looks spectacular. I love it.

Karen said...

Lovely swatch;)

Rachel said...

well done sticking to one project, more will power than me x

Marushka C. said...

Excellent attitude! It looks like a great pattern, but fitted ones like that do seem to need some extra attention, don't they? Good luck getting it just the way you want it.

paula said...

Gorgeous color, and lovely design. Good luck with the dividing bit! We'll all be holding our breath for you on the fit, so be sure to give us an update soon. ;)

Mrs H Knits said...

Wow, from someone who doesn't swatch not yet anyway. I stand in awe!! I'd love to see how it turns out.

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Mmmm, lovely red, keeping my fingers crossed for the trying on stage

Denise said...

I've knit plenty of sweaters that way. Ripped and re-knit them too.

omlair said...

very pretty pattern! good luck with it!

Sandy said...

It looks awesome, hope it all works out for you, no way would I rip it out and start over. I would keep knitting and if it doesn't fit me, would pass it along to someone, either as a gift or donate it.