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Topic: Puff Sleeved Feminine Cardigan of Angst  (Read 2802 times)
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« on: September 19, 2007 07:29:10 PM »

I had such high hopes for this project.

I love the pattern and convinced myself that it would be flattering, but alas:

Le sigh. This sucker is definitely getting frogged. It is, of course, the Puff Sleeved Feminine Cardigan from Stefanie Japel's Fitted Knits (which, despite this sweater, I'm looking forward to knitting something else from). The yarn is KnitPicks Merino Style, which has to be just about the best yarn value out there.

Why did this sweater go so wrong? I searched my soul and came up with the following:
1. I screwed up the waist shaping (I made too many decreases on the back, and as I don't have back-boobs, it's a little wonky back there now).
2. My row gauge is off and the waist fell approximately three miles below my true waist.
3. I knit at a larger gauge than called for, compensating by knitting a smaller size. I 've learned that seed stitch is totally floptastic at this gauge, thus the collarectomy I performed during finishing.
4. Saggy armpits (on the sweater, not on me). I think this has to do both with my row gauge and the puff sleeves. Ugh.

Good thing the clapotis I'm working on now can't not fit, right?
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2007 08:23:40 PM »

i still think it is pretty maybe you could wear it open over another shirt?i think it would look very classy like that!all in all great work sorry for the bad fit! Sad Wink

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2007 08:48:29 PM »

Awww, I feel your pain. I too knit this cardi and I am not very happy with it. Maybe you could try reblocking it? That's what I'm going to try, because damnit, it looks cute on other people, I want it to look cute on me too!!  Undecided

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2007 08:52:38 PM »

Oh no, it must be so sad to frog after all your hard work! It looks really beautifully finished laid out like that, but yes, I think the fit just isn't quite there, so I'm not going to advise you not to frog...there is just no point having garments you aren't quite happy with taking up space in your wardrobe.
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2007 09:24:50 PM »

Aw, you really did a lovely job knitting it, it just looks like you made a bigger size than you should've.  We all do it.  My mental me is like twice as big as actual me.  Maybe you have a somewhat larger friend who'd love to buy it off you, or has a gift-occasion coming up?  It's a shame to frog...

« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2007 09:34:28 PM »

Aw, that's so sad. I'm sorry! Have fun with Clapotis!

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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2007 10:19:25 PM »

It looks great on your table!  I think you should not frog it, but wear it as a short sleeved jacket for fall.  Unbuttoned it'll be more flattering.

« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2007 10:59:40 PM »

It looks soooooo beautiful laying flat... it really shows off your nice handiwork! It's always a shame when projects go awry (I knit a sweater that could not have fit Barbie). I think it sucks to frog projects, but if you're anything like me I understand! I can't stand having something in my closet I know I will never wear, especially if I can use the yarn!!!

Good luck with your other project!!!  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2007 06:33:42 AM »

Well, it looks great even if it doesn't quite fit!
I knitted this sweater too. While the front of mine looked good, the back was totally baggy on me.
I think that the people who knitted beautifully fitting sweaters from this pattern might have been taking them off the needles and trying them on frequently. I almost never took mine off and I think that's why it wasn't as fitted as I hoped it would be.
Good luck with your next sweater from the book!
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2007 08:46:54 AM »

I, too, have knit this and am a bit dissapointed as well.  Mine turned out big.  I am actually thinking of slightly felting mine.... but I'm waiting to see if that's what I REALLY want to do (since it's irreversible).... hmmmmm.  I guess if I felt it and it turns out really bad I could always use the felted material for something else....  still deciding....

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