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« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2007 03:40:56 PM »

It's really pretty and so cozy looking. If you decide to felt it, keep in mind that it will srhink much more lengthwise than widthwise. Also, your cables won't stand out nearly as well after felting. Before I felted it, I'd knit up a little swatch with the leftovers, including a cabled bit, and felt that. Include a little stripe of the contrasting yarn too, because all yarns don't felt at the same rate. See if you like it. But if it was a pretty quick knit, you'd probably be happier with a reknit. Once felted, there is no going back. Still, try felting a swatch and see what you think.

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« Reply #21 on: September 29, 2007 10:45:58 PM »

Heh, I'm lazy! I would just pop it in a hot wash, then in the dryer and see what comes out. Since it didn't take too long to knit... but you might end up throwing everything away (this is coming from the girl that has made about 5 sweaters so far and only wears one of them occasionally).

You should probably listen to the people that are screaming "FROG!", but go with felting if you're adventurous. If so, I would knit a swatch and pop it in the wash first. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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« Reply #22 on: September 30, 2007 01:16:35 AM »

FROG! It didn't take you long to knit it on the first round. Knit that jumper you deserve. Or sell it on, get some yarn and do a new one. I've done that as well.
« Reply #23 on: September 30, 2007 06:34:06 AM »

Definitely frog! Since it didn't take long to knit in the first place, a smaller version should take even less time. You can never be sure how something will turn out felted, & it would be a shame to waste all that yarn. Great job, though!!!!

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« Reply #24 on: September 30, 2007 06:39:54 AM »

i would sell it, use the money to buy new yarn and make it again in a smaller version. that way, someone else can enjoy it, and you won't have to frog that beautiful coat!

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« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2007 06:56:29 AM »

I have to add the vote for selling it and remaking - this would be what we call the classic win-win.

You will not be changing the amount of work you would have to do because you would have to frog the entire thing, why not get paid for the work you put into it.  Felting is just so unpredictable and there is only one chance.
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« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2007 08:48:07 AM »

Take the sleeves off and shorten them, and then put them back on.  The rest of the sweater looks perfectly big and cozy to me.

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« Reply #27 on: October 04, 2007 09:21:50 AM »

Well, I foolishly tried felting it a couple of months back - such a bad idea.  I'm going to try to salvage it, but it may be impossible.  Grrr.  Well, it's a lesson for me, I suppose, and it does seem to go with my art school ideal of messing up big if I'm going to mess up at all. 

Basically, it did indeed shrink lengthwise, but remains as wide as ever.  I I cut off the collar and button bands, since they were ruined, and I've got new yarn to reknit them.  I now need to try to tailor the rest of the coat to fit me, and I'm not a seamstress, so it may not work.  I suppose I'm learning a lot, but it's an awful shock to ruin a sweater, isn't it? 

I need to do something about the shoulders, which got puffy in the felting process, and something about the width.  I may try adding a couple of stitches in the back to gather it, I'm not sure.  I may try bringing it in at the seams.  At least I can cut with impunity now, I guess.  And having ruined it already, there's not much more I can do to wreck it, so there's little risk in experimenting. 

The cables actually stayed pretty well defined, to my surprise.  It just was not a good idea to felt the poor garment.  I feel awful doing that to such nice yarn.

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