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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My minisweater :) on: May 04, 2007 10:30:33 PM
I love and hate this minisweater that I just finished.

I saw a gorgeous minisweater in a boutique in Queens Plaza (those of you from Brisbane will know Jigsaw? DROOL) a few weeks ago - retailed for $150. I am not made of money, so I decided to try and reproduce it. It was basically an elongated knit stitch, with panels of plain stockinette and garter stitch thrown in. The yarn was a cotton tape (not quite ribbon) and a thin metallic yarn, almost like thread. I already had some beautiful blue cotton tape in my stash from a sweater I recycled (thank goodness for thrift shops Smiley so I bought some coordinating metallic thread and set to work designing my shrug.

In swatching, I found that I liked a regular repeat of the pattern better than the random rows of the original design.

The finished shrug. I absolutely love the shape. I did the back, front and sleeves as separate panels, sewed them all up, then did a few rounds of ribbing around the whole thing in a smaller needle to pull it in and give it shape. The original had short sleeves, but I prefer 3/4 length.

Looks pretty cute, yes/no?

Well, as cute as it is, I totally underestimated the size of my arms and my boobs, and this thing is too small. It's perfectly proportioned, just for someone smaller than me. As I was setting the sleeve in, I kinda looked at it and though geez, this looks a little snug... and I was right. Sad Off it goes to the gift basket.

Lessons learned? Measure twice, knit once Wink Still, I love the stitch pattern and the overall effect, and it was a satisfying little knit.
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