The name “Velvet Morning” conjures up images of softness, serenity, a feeling of rejuvenation after a good sleep….
…NONE of which are the feelings I had while making this GODDAMN CARDIGAN.
Oh sure, I can put on a good performance for these pictures, acting like it didn’t take me fully a YEAR AND A HALF to knit this. I can even look like I’m calmly reading the next book for the Literary Sewing Circle (which I am, actually, and it’s a good book with plenty of humour, so go check it out if you’re looking for your next enjoyable novel — Dance, Gladys, Dance by Cassie Stocks).
This jaunty “oh, hi there, I just thought I’d glance over my shoulder while casually holding my glasses and standing in such a way that you can see all that GODDAMN colourwork clearly” pose hides the pain of all the long hours spent on those complicated colourwork charts — only to discover when the whole sweater was almost, tantalizingly complete — that my tension was WAAAAAY off. I’d knitted NOT a slouchy weekend cardigan but rather a thermal layer for football practice with room for a linebacker’s shoulderpads in the upper part, slimming down to a tiny, fitted waist in the bottom part. I’d made my floats — the strands of yarn you have to carry behind the other colours to join up again further down the row of knitting — TOO SHORT. (Alas, I did not take any pictures of the sweater in this state. It was a hilarious mess. But I was too irritated to appreciate the humour and at that point I banished it to a dark basket in the far corner of my den for a term of several months.)
Here’s an insider look at those floats on the sleeve, along with the ENDLESS number of yarn ends that needed to be woven in. But you might also recognize the corner of a serger in the photo, too. Yep, after the several-month cooling off period, I was about to slam this hot mess of a hand-knit through my serger to fix it! Added bonus: I didn’t have to weave in all those ends!
The result, after serging off the excess room in the upper body and upper sleeves (not to mention the usual steam-blocking-the-shit-out-of-it procedure), is a slightly out of proportion but still wearable sweater.
Pattern details: Velvet Morning Cardigan (a free pattern)
Yarn: I used that wonderful workhorse of a yarn, Cascade 220 in shades 2448 Mallard, 9641 Purple Tourmaline, 8021 Beige, and 9450 Smoke Heather (green).
I must say, this experience has put me off stranded colourwork knitting for a while. I’m happily back to knitting things like hats, scarves, and socks, that are much less of a dice-roll when it comes to fit.
What about you? Have you ever spent months on making something only to have it not fit right? Were you able to rescue it?
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