Hey Sassykathy, you're right... shine worsted is too heavy I fear. I finished mine too, and it is way too big even though I already went down a size. I love the pattern though, so I think I'll just make it again. Now to figure out a non-wool yarn to use. Hmmm.
Did you also find little slubs in the shine worsted? There weren't too many, but they usually appeared as I was knitting the front of the sweater. Figures, right?
My progress has been a bit slow, hampered by my glasses breaking a few days ago. I had cataract surgery a few years ago (rare in folks my age, but it went fine), and wear progressive bifocals. And as Murphy's Law goes, our company health insurance is transitioning at the moment to a plan with vision benefits, so I might try to wait 2 weeks until the new plan is going. D'oh. So in the meantime I'm wearing my drug store reading glasses.
Good luck sassykathy. I frogged once and it set me back but this shine worsted is so nice to knit. I've found a few random slubs on the yarn, but not enough to really bother me.
So far, the KnitPicks Shine is knitting up great. It is so soft to knit with, I stayed up way too late last night because I couldn't put my knitting down! I got through the crossover rib collar section and about 2 inches of the increase section.
I'm also doing the crossover stitch a bit different. I knit through both stitches, leave them both on the left needle, knit through the first stitch again and slip them both off the needle. It's a mock baby cable stitch, I just find it easier than the way it was written in the pattern.
I had been knitting Wicked using Cotton Fleece, but between some helpful comments on here and looking through the Sexy Knitter's Club knitalong, I decided that my sweater was just too darn big! After a complete unravel, I started again with size 7 needles, some KnitPicks Shine Worsted in black (you can never have too many black sweaters!), and am now knitting the 36-39 size.
Thanks jesdmill and superstitch! The body is a bit big now, and the sleeves surely are, so I will rip back a bit tonight. I'd love to be working on it now, but I can't realy knit and work at the same time.
I've got a question as well. I followed the instructions for the large sweater, and just got to the point where I put the sleeves onto scrap yarn. I tried it on, and the armpit is actually a few inches below my actual armpit. Plus, I think the sleeves will now be a bit wide.
What's the best fix? I'm thinking I'll just go back and rip out some of the increase rows, therefore making the sleeves more narrow and bringing the sleeves back closer to my armpits. That should look fine, right? In retrospect, I probably could have made a smaller size but I don't look like I'm swimming it in.
I started this last night, using cranberry Cotton Fleece and size 8 needles. Of course, I misread the instructions for the crossover pattern (watching House on dvd distracted me!) so I got an inch into the collar and started to think that it didn't look right. Oops! So I frogged it and started again, and just got into the increase section.
I'm glad everyone's been talking about customizing the fit, I like sleeves that bell a bit but I will be adding some decreases once I get to the sleeves.