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« on: February 10, 2007 08:18:46 PM »

Don't you just love it when you block the "already too large" sweater full of hopes and dreams that it will magically fit better, only to find it is now LARGER and even more ridiculous looking than before?

*sigh* Undecided

I'm very tempted to throw this big mess of wool into the washing machine and see if I can't felt it down to a reasonable size.

Just needed to vent.  This sweater came from Christmas yarn from my dear future MIL, and I really wanted to show her that I made good use of it.  BAH.
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2007 08:41:02 PM »

Beware!  I made a cabled sweater out of elann's Peruvian Highland Wool and when I washed it by hand (okay, I soaked it), it went from a size 6 to a 10.  Seriously.  So I had the brilliant idea of putting it in the dryer "just for a few minutes" and then promptly forgot it.

What came out of the dryer 20 minutes later still has me waking in the middle of the night in a cold sweat.  A size 2.  And thick as boiled wool.

I'm just finishing up a sweater and it was too big.  I did a yarn substitution and even though the swatch came up a match, it was too wide.  I took it in from the sides from the underarm to the bottom and it's okay.  I'd suggest trying to sew it.  Or if you must put it in the dryer, don't leave.  Stay there and take it out every two minutes.

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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2007 10:31:45 AM »

Can you post a pic of it? Maybe we could give you some other suggestions.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2007 06:16:04 PM »

GAH!  As soon as I finally get my butt in gear and manage to take a picture of the travesty, I lose the camera cord!  I will go hunting for it and show you the tragic sweater soon.

The more I look at it, the more I see there are two issues:

1. The giant neckline, so big that the sweater slides right off me when I put my arms down.  I think I may be able to sew in a bit on the neckline and tighten it up that way.

2. The width of the garment.  I can handle the tunic length look (I'm all for a warm booty), but the thing is ridiculously wide.  I'm sure it can be remedied by taking it in on the sides, but that (likely) requires a sewing machine, right?  I'm not that confident in my hand stitching skills that I would trust myself to cut away at the sweater afterwards.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2007 07:04:40 PM »

Ah, here we go.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24166217@N00/387432177/
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2007 07:36:37 PM »

In my experience, you really can't block a sweater *smaller*, only larger. I pretty much always aim for making my sweaters a bit on the small side and blocking to size.

I realize this isn't at all helpful to you after the fact. I hope you find a solution because it's a very nice sweater!
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2007 08:04:20 PM »

Maybe pick up stitches aroound the neck to decrease the opening more?
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2007 06:58:39 AM »

Ok cool. I think the best thing to do would be to run elastic thread through the inside of the neckline and the hem. I can't find anything online oh well I will just explain. Get some elastic thread that matches. Cut pieces wider than the waist circumference. On the inside of the sweater run one of the elastic pieces around near the bottom of the hem, through the knitting. Leave the ends free. Move up a little bit and do the same thing. You might need like 4-6 pieces. Do the same thing with the neck. Take all the ends for the waist and pull them tight until it cinches in some. Tie the pieces together (two by two). Do the same for the neck.

I know I didn't explain it great but, hope that helps.
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2007 12:39:51 PM »

It hurts, but I'd rip it.  I had to do that with a handspun sweater I made. 

At least now you know what your gauge is and can try again Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2007 12:45:48 PM »

I'd rip as well, even though it's heart breaking. Any maneuvering you do to get it to fit could go haywire, or just not look right.  I knit this: http://www.anniemodesitt.com/patterns/#Corset  And got allll the way down to where the color change it...and thought "Maybe I should try it on to see how it looks".  My gauge was way too tight, and no matter how hard I pulled it there was still like a 7 inch gap over my boobs.  Ripping it out was SO heartbreaking, but worth it for a sweater that fits!
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