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I’ve had a bit of a set back. I’d been working on designing a pullover for weeks and I was pretty darn excited about the whole thing. It looked great… in my head. After spending lots of time working out grading the pattern for multiple sizes (and pulling out lots of hair getting the math to work) and making the charts, I started knitting up the pattern in my size. I finished the body of the sweater on Saturday and blocked it.

But I went to bed that night with this little dark spot in my mind. This spot was telling me that the patterning on the front of the sweater just wasn’t obvious enough. It was too short in length along the torso and wasn’t standing out in the yarn I had chosen. I decided I would sleep on it and decide in the morning how to proceed. But when that doubt creeps in, it’s hard to get rid of, and really, I had already decided before my head even hit the pillow that this design just wasn’t working out. The item before me wasn’t matching the picture in my mind.

I think I know what needs to be done to fix it. But I need different yarn and to redo the math, so this design is on hold for now. On the bright side, the body fit quite well, so it wasn’t the sizing that was off. And that gives me enough confidence to try again with something else.

So, this week…

Knitting: I having been meaning to make a everyday, grey v-neck cardigan to add to my wardrobe for a while now. I’m taking this chance to design my own. And if I’m successful, it may become my first real garment design. So far, I’ve finished the ribbing and the pocket linings. Did I mention it has pockets worked seamlessly with the body of the sweater. It’s a great design feature I first found in Andi Satterlund’s Armande, and I love it.

Reading: I need to renew my library card for the year, so I’m currently shut out of the library website and can’t renew my checkout on Crown of Midnight. So for now, I’m back to reading Shadowscale. But honestly, my reading time has just plummeted since I’ve begun designing knitting patterns. There’s just not enough time in the day and I hate that my reading time is what got co-opted into pattern writing. I’m trying to work on it.

Linking up with yarn along and KCCO.


17 Comments on The sad tale of my sweater

    • Thanks. I could really use a win in the “sweater design” category. Hopefully this new cardigan will work out better for me.
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    • Even when it’s bad news, often it is for the best. It would have been a waste of my effort to keep going when I was unhappy with the design. Working it in yarn better suited for the design with a redo on the charts will give it that perfect pop that it needs to stand out as a wonderful sweater. 🙂

  1. I guess if you want it to be perfect you know what you have to do. I am a beginner knitter and live an hour + North of Toronto.


  2. It’s so frustrating when a design doesn’t work out like we think it will, but it’s much better to start over than to move forward with something you’re not thrilled with. Good luck going forward-I know you’ll make it work 🙂 I also have a tough time balancing knitting and reading-I can read while knitting, but I need to get a book holder for actual books. I also embraced e-books on my computer to read while knitting.

  3. oh, I hope that in time you get your design sorted out and that you are thrilled with what you have created. Designing is hard work, the thinking and the knitting!

  4. Bother, such a pain having to frog back. It’s always worth it though isn’t it. I’ve frogged a completed cardigan before now because it just sat in my wardrobe unloved and unworn. I used a different pattern and now I love it 🙂

  5. Aww Brandy, that’s so frustrating! I can see that you’ve put it on a hold for now.
    But I’m sure you’ve learned a lot through this process already? Things you needed to learn to make it work the next time! Don’t give up and like you’re already doing: work on something else for a while 🙂

  6. It is so frustrating when it never looks right. I actually have coworkers frog my things for me. They get the wonderful satisfaction while I cry knowing I have to restart for it to be perfect.

    You’ll get it soon and it will be beautiful!

  7. I’m sorry about the set back. And I understand the frustration with lack of reading time. I am also doing a lot of designing and design proposals, and I feel like I’m not reading anything. Also that I’m not knitting anything except for swatches. I’m hoping to get a little break from that soon.

    • I can relate to that. When I’m not swatching, I’m knitting up the sample to get the pattern written. Fortunately, I design things I would like, so I don’t mind having a bunch of new accessories/sweaters lying around for use in the fall.

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