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Topic: I don't think it was supposed to be a dress  (Read 1794 times)
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« on: February 20, 2007 06:57:58 AM »

So I became confident enough in my knitting to try out a fair isle sweater. I found a great free pattern online that seemed simple enough and used yarn that I already had in my stash. I swatched the yearn and everything turned out fine. I knitted for 2 weeks, just to finish the body. I blocked it two days ago and it was finally dry this morning. I was so excited that I had finished so much so fast that I didn't notice that anything was wrong until bf asked who I had made the sweater for. I told him it was for me and he started to laugh. To prove him wrong I sewed the shoulders together and tried it on.... The "sweater" drapes well below my knees, and is too wide to be a dress. The thing was so large I felted it to shrink it and I can still fit another person inside when worn. I feel so defeated and I can't figure out what I did wrong. Undecided

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2007 07:02:56 AM »

did you swatch in your fairisle pattern? Did you relax after you got the hang of the technique?
hmmm...did you stretch the sweater while blocking?
did you measure yourself first...sometimes we think we are a different size than we really are....

just throwing out "maybes".

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2007 07:41:56 AM »

I may have stretched it a bit during blocking, but I think the pattern was a bit wonky as well. Even before blocking the sweater did seem a bit humongous.

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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2007 07:12:15 PM »

it may be kind of late in the thread to mention this - but once felted, knitted wool can be cut.  so, cut that sucker up and make a scarf, a hat, a bag, etc.

at least all that time won't be a loss.

or, you could always go back in and recon it, and add some shaping and make a really hip sweater dress.  throw on some tights and a belt, and voila, instantly in style.

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