UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

November 24, 2010

tank sweater: Blue Hawaii. Completed project photos.

Filed under: knit — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:28 am
From askew
From askew

Finally the pictured of that tank top sweater which I called “Blue Hawaii” and was based on the Askew pattern from Knitty. These are the pictures of it. I am still frogging it because of the poor fit/style.

This yarn was perfect for the project. It inherently created a cute ruffled effect for the cast on and off edges. (I did nothing to encourage or discourage it; I was just pleasantly surprised.) I like the effect of the two very similar colorways that I used here.

The problems were because the back is much, much too high; the front and back methodology created really high underarm fabric; and the neckline was too low.

It does, however fit perfectly. There is enough room at the bust, it clings well enough that the straps would not be mandatory, so I know my regauging math is not at fault. I also love the bias-knitting method of creating a v-neck. That is such a beautiful concept. I also like the bias knitting for the torso because it means bending over or stretching does not reveal as much belly.

In theory I could simply add more to the front top. If the front were 4 inches higher, I could tug the whole sweater down and it would not rub my shoulder blades in the back. But when I tried it on, I pulled the bottom edge of the back down to my waistline and measured from there. That put the bottom of the front point unappealingly near my crotch. Visually, it functions like an arrow. With all that, I sincerely expect there is just a design flaw that makes this sweater really unflattering on my body.

November 23, 2010

Status report

Filed under: project lists — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:32 pm

Hmm. Where was I?

The sweater pictures are still owing.

I finished the scarf I was making from the HelloYarn corriedale fiber. It came out decently well considering I was attempting to spin enormous fluffy yarn and ended up needing to add 2 #7 dpns to each #15 needle in order to have something large enough. (I added with cellophane tape. I kept seeing ads for square or hexagonal needles and this was more awkward at the pointed tip end, but otherwise sufficient. Easier than going out to the store and spending $20 on a pair of needles I will only use for one project.) The scarf is blocking now, so hopefully I can take pictures of both things at once.

I got a request from my husband for a pair of Tardis socks (rav link). They are standard socks using a chart for the top. My dear husband was shocked that I would need to purchase yarn. Because everyone has solid-color Tardis-blue hard-wearing sock yarn in their stash?

I asked around for recommendations on really excellent sock yarn and I am very unconvinced that most yarn manufacturers have any clue what the “sock” designation should mean. I have seen 2-ply 100% non-superwash merino on offer as “sock” yarn. That is only sock yarn if you need to make socks for someone who cannot walk.

I have been working on the finishing details for my teapot cozy. I found a teapot that suits it and it is now becoming a holiday gift. That means all the edging needs to be neatened up and those steeks reinforced, but it essentially looks the same as it did before.

November 19, 2010

Not going to the Blue Hawaii.

Filed under: knit — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 11:29 am

Askew: “Blue Hawaii”
It took 15 days to finish the sweater. Not including the pictures and not including the final strap attachment and ends weaving. The sweater fits as expected, clingy but not corset-like. However, the sweater is really unappealing. Given the wireframe diagram on Knitty, I seamed it as expected. The back and the front are both supposed to be 11.5 inches (not including the strap) so I pinned and seamed to match those pieces. Other knitters have said they knit this sweater completely in-the-round, so this interpretation seems valid. However, it gives a sweater with a back that rides up my shoulder blades and a front that is beyond indiscreet to the point of wardrobe malfunction. It is too high in the back and too low in the front.

I like the bias-knit v-neck idea. I really think that is clever. But there is just no way to get an appropriate fit on my body using this pattern. I could completely rework the pattern and add side panels and change the back to a scoop neck and adjust the bottom hem in the front so less of my midriff is bared, but at that point I have scrapped this project and started anew and should stop giving credit to this pattern.

I have no idea whether there are people for whom this sweater would be attractive as the pattern is written, but short-waisted, large-busted women with real shoulder muscles are certainly not the target body type.

Usually I tell people there is no point in using a sweater pattern because I will have to do all my own math anyway. That was certainly true in this case because I had substituted a yarn and wanted a size in between the sizes given. But my measurements and gauge were completely on target to give a sweater with a tiny bit of negative ease. (The L has 4 inches of negative ease, the 2X has zero ease, in the original pattern.)

There will be pictures later because I want to prove that I really finished this before I frog it.

I have sketches for a revamped option, taking advantage of the texture motif to do neckline shaping really interests me. I also do not believe that constructing a sweater body should divide the body into equal quadrants and if I can talk about that cogently, I believe that discussion would benefit other knitters.

ps. The title for this post is not “Body Scan Ruins Blue Hawaii”, but I would like it to be.

November 9, 2010

sweaters, new and old

Filed under: knit — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:20 pm

New sweater is half seamed. I seamed one side, then did the other and realized I had not aligned them the same way. So I had to unseam the first side and then pin it carefully to ensure I would do it correctly this time. I tried it on. (I used safety pins.) It fits. The bottom hem curls a bit more than I like, but blocking might fix that. The original instructions say that the sweater pieces will need to be stretched horizontally while blocking. I am not sure how my version compares in terms of cling. And I will definitely need to be adding something to the d├ęcolletage area.

Interestingly, I have demonstrable proof that I am much smaller from taking up regular exercise. My first sweater, which I washed in preparation for winter, is enormous. It never fit amazingly well, because I had not yet learned that trick of making the front much larger than the back, and because I used the unisex wireframe in the Knitter’s Handy Guide by Ann Budd. It is an acrylic sweater. I know it has stretched, but it is fully twice my size now. Some of that was bought with sweat and effort.

From vest

I plan to recreate the original project in better yarn, with better shaping, and significantly better technique.

November 8, 2010

Blue two

Filed under: knit — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 11:52 am

The Askew project, “Blue Hawaii”, was not finished in the week I had alloted myself as a test. I have, however, finished the back and the front as of this morning. I could have finished the major knitting on Friday, but without the seaming and straps, it could hardly be considered completed, even if I had worked on the measley 11 rows I had remaining.

I am considering strap construction now. Knitted straps are likely going to be overly stretchy; crocheting the straps is out of the question (because I cannot crochet and I am vaguely aware that crochet is equally stretchy.)

Experimentation will be limited because I have under 10 yards of yarn remaining total across both colorways of the yarn. I have a coordinating ball of turquoise corriedale handspun and a lot of white BFL handspun of a similar texture to the “Lumpy Bumpy”. This will enable the seaming to be done with a smooth yarn and created the potential of a lace edging or panel for modesty’s sake should the cleavage be excessive. I would definitely have preferred to have had a little more base yarn for this project, but I am pleased with my ability to estimate an appropriately sized project for the yarn I was given.

Current steps: research into strap weaving, then seaming. I would prefer to try the sweater on before seaming. The original pattern recommends blocking before seaming. But should there be a problem, it is much much harder to frog a garment which has been washed. I am considering basting with a sacrifice acrylic yarn for the test fitting. The only detriment to this is that it will be double the finishing work and I loathe the sewing.

November 2, 2010


Filed under: knit — UndyedYarnpire @ 8:36 pm

I finished the Blue Parquet cowl (based off “Darkside Cowl (rav link)” pattern) using handspun (3ply worsted) yarn from SW BFL from Royale Hare that I bought from Stitches West 2010.

From cowl

I have started my tank-style sweater, Blue Hawaii, from the Askew pattern (Knitty Summer 2007). My yarn is the Lumpy Bumpy by Charlene which was gifted to me for my birthday this year by my SIL. That is knitting at a 3.25 or 3.5 st/in gauge, so I reworked all the math.

The front of this is nearing completion (and there is more done than is pictured here because I took the pictures this morning and have knitted on it since.)

From askew

The goal is to finish the entire project in a week, not including the math or the winding of the yarn. This is currently feasible.

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