Named Talvikki Sweatshirt

Heather Lou made me do it! She looked so great in her Named Talvikki Sweatshirt that I had a second look at this pattern that I had previously passed over.

Named Talvikki Sweater

Named Talvikki Sweater Back

I like the minimalist design of this sweater, particularly the darts around the neckline which form the funnel neck. I must admit that I very happily and cluelessly applied non-stretch interfacing to my stretch fabric neck facing. (At least I have a consistent M.O.) Luckily, the neck opening was wide enough to fit over my pea-head without stretching (or, at least with the sound of only one stitch snapping) so disaster was (mostly) averted.

Named Talvikki Sweater Funnel Neck

I sewed this with a sweatshirt fabric I bought from L’oiseau Fabrics, a terrific online fabric retailer that carries a ton of knits. The pattern calls for a medium- to heavy-weight stretch fabric, providing enough body for the sweater to look fairly structured, and this fabric fits the bill. The design of this pattern can definitely elevate plain sweatshirt fleece from schlubby to smart. (Which is hard to say out loud…try it. lol)

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I modified the pattern to make it slightly longer so I can wear leggings and have my butt covered, and the side slits don’t go up quite as high. There’s no point in having too much ventilation in a cool-weather sweater, amirite?

As I’m putting this post together, I realize that this *looks* better than I *feel* in it. I feel a bit dwarfed by the roominess of this sweater. I find the sleeves to be ginormous — very wide armholes and sleeves. I’m tempted to zip the serger up the sleeve sides to trim them down a bit.

Named Talvikki Sweater

With special guest appearance by Ernie’s tail

Some great ideas I’ve read for this pattern around the blogosphere include:

  • sew it in ponte knit
  • sew it in boiled wool (as Named’s sample was done)…definitely in a class above sweatshirt fleece
  • add a short exposed zipper to the back or the neck, or even up the side of one shoulder

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Named Talvikki Sweater

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YOU WILL SUBMIT, SWEETHEART

[Warning: this post is full of frowny, sucky pictures!]

There are a lot of things I love about knitting. It’s portable and can be done almost anywhere. Wool yarn is lovely to smoosh and fondle. Handmade wool socks are the best. And so on. But if there’s one thing that I absolutely hate about knitting, it’s spending three months knitting a sweater that doesn’t fit.

Exhibit A: The Sweetheart Sweater from DomiKNITrix (aka Jennifer Stafford). This was going to be a masterpiece. The cleverly constructed pattern with waist darts, short row bust shaping, an intarsia bow, and a sweetheart neckline was going to produce a cute-but-sexy fitted sweater. I carefully checked my gauge. Commenters on Ravelry warned that the sleeves were very tight, so I erred on the side of knitting small sleeves instead of extra small. But what I seem to have finished up with overall is a size Large.

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It fits well from the hips to the waist but gets inexplicably much larger after that, moving up towards the shoulders that could accommodate a set of football pads. This is a disaster on par with my I Thought I Was Sewing a Dress But It Turned Out to Be a Bathrobe with Storage Compartments for Groceries dress.

Sweetheart sweater before

And this was no easy knit! This is the first time I’ve tried the intarsia technique, which is a way of knitting more than one colour by using small bobbins of yarn for each area of different colour in any given row. I found this quite tricky and very slow going. And weaving in all those ends! The horror, the horror.

I have no idea what's going on here, either.

Knitting intarsia: I have no idea what’s going on here, either.

So I’ve decided to take the advice of Jennifer Stafford, author of the book from which this pattern came, and Whip My Knits Into Shape. I will not be dominated by this “sweetheart”. SHE WILL SUBMIT TO ME!

I plan to give her a close-up tour of my serger where she’ll get a close shave along the sides, around the armholes, and down the sleeves. That’s right; I’m going to CUT my knitting. It’s my only hope. Pray for me, and for Sweetheart. We both hope there will be no reason for Sewzilla to come visiting.

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Have you ever altered a hand knit with a sewing machine or serger before? Any advice is welcome!

And in the meantime, I think I’ll knit a few more of these to cheer me up because they’re just so damn cute.

Baby Socks! From the free pattern by Kate Atherly. Click to go to the pattern.

Baby Socks for my neighbours’ new baby! From the free pattern by Kate Atherly. Click to go to the pattern.